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1968 Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe / 47 GT 85 Vehicle Information

1968 Lotus Type 47 Europa photograph

1968 Lotus Type 47 Europa photograph

1968 Lotus Type 47 Europa photograph

1968 Lotus Type 47 Europa photograph

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Sold for $92,000 at 2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia.
The early 1960s was a very exciting time for the Lotus marque. Colin Chapman had created a line of mid-engined Formula 1 cars that carried Jim Clark to two World Championships. With their lessons-learned, they began producing a mid-engined road-going car introduced in 1966. It was dubbed the Type 46 Europa and was to serve as a replacement for the highly successful Seven in Lotus's line-up. It never did replace the Seven.

The Lotus Europa had a steel backbone chassis, a design that Lotus had perfected through many of its prior cars, and powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder OHV engine of the Renault 16. In a similar fashion to racing cars, the engine was placed behind the driver and ahead of the rear wheels.

The Type 47 GT, which features updates, modifications, and improvements by Lotus Components Ltd (the customer racecar division of Lotus), was introduced towards the end of 1966. It retained the same basic layout as the Europa but fitted with a lightened chassis and more advanced form of independent rear suspension incorporating magnesium uprights from the Lotus 59 F2/F3 car. The engine was a Cosworth-developed 1.6-liter Lotus twin-cam engine, the same unit found in the Elan and Ford Lotus Cortina. The Tecalemit-Jackson fuel injection system was standard and helped raise the horsepower to an impressive 165. The gearbox was a Hewland FT200 transaxle with a limited-slip differential. The entire package was clothed in fiberglass bodywork with slightly flared front wheel arches to conceal the wider tires.

The competition debut for the Type 47GT was at Brands Hatch Boxing Day meeting in 1966. John Miles piloted the works Lotus Components entry and won the Sports/GT race. The field included many proven and seasoned machines such as Ferraris, Cobras, and E-Types. In 1967, Miles won eight more times in UK events, plus a class victory at the Brands Hatch round of the World Endurance Championship with co-driver Jackie Oliver.

In 1968 the car was given the approval to race in the FIA's Group 4 competition after being homologated as a sports car (not a GT). The rules stated a minimum of 50 examples had to be constructed, though it is believed that Lotus only created about 30 by this point in history. Sponsorship was secured through their F1 partners, John Player's 'Gold Leaf' brand, for the 1968 season. In proper form, the Type 47s were painted in similar livery as the works F1 cars. The two factory drivers were John Miles and Jackie Oliver, though other drivers assisted during endurance events.

Miles won the 2-Liter class in the John Player Trophy at Silverstone during the 1968 season. He finished 2nd in the same meeting's International event as well. Oliver won his class at Brands Hatch and Croft. Also significant were the numerous victories achieved by the privateers.

This 1968 Lotus-Ford 47 GT Group 4 Competition Coupé is painted in Gold Leaf Team Lotus livery. It is chassis number 85 and is a genuine Type 47 GT. It retains its original chassis, still bonded to the fiberglass body which is an indication that its racing career may not have been too extensive. Many of the Type 47s have been mutilated over the years due to corrosion or crash damage, with only a few surviving in original form.

In the early 1980s, this car was purchased from the UK by its current owner. It has been treated to a recent, complete restoration bringing it back to original form. It is recognized as a Type 47GT by the Historic Lotus Registrar and can be entered in 'vintage' racing.

In 2007 this Group 4 Competition Coupé was brought to Bonhams auction, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia, at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club in Carmel, California. It was sold for $92,000 plus premium and taxes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008



2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $100,000-USD $130,000 
Sale Price :
USD $92,000

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(Data based on Model Year 1968 sales)
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Lotus Type 47 Europa Vehicle Profiles
Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Model Year: 1966
Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Chassis Num: 47 GT 10
Engine Num: LP1856
Model Year: 1966
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Chassis Num: 47/R/10 or 47-GT-09
Model Year: 1966

Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Model Year: 1967
Profile
Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Model Year: 1967
Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Chassis Num: 46-0549 or 45-0549
Model Year: 1967

Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Chassis Num: 47GT75
Model Year: 1967
Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Chassis Num: GT 47 15
Model Year: 1967
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Chassis Num: 47 GT 85
Engine Num: 1JC4472C1113
Model Year: 1968
Profile and Auction History

Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Model Year: 1970
Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Model Year: 1970
Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Model Year: 1970

Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Model Year: 1972
Special
Lotus Type 47 Europa Special

Model Year: 1972
Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Chassis Num: 3689R
Model Year: 1973

Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Chassis Num: 73063679R
Model Year: 1973
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Model Year: 1974
Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Model Year: 1974
Profile

Coupe
Lotus Type 47 Europa Coupe

Chassis Num: 74/3814R
Engine Num: 30506
Model Year: 1974
Profile and Auction History


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