Classic Car Catalogue

Lotus 1970

Seven s.3 - discontinued (1968-70 - 385 ex.)
Elan s.4
Elan Plus 2S
Seven s.4 - new model

Great Britain

The new Seven series 4 differs from the s.3 in almost every detail. Longer, 90-inch wheelbase, all new, more bulky bodywork with squared up tail and fitted side windows is made entirely of GRP. Front suspension is by double wishbones and coil springs, similar to that on the Europa.

Seven s.3

Seven s.3 - discontinued
   1297 cc - Ford
   1598 cc - Ford
Super Seven Twin Cam SS - discontinued
   1558 cc, 115 bhp


Super Seven Twin Cam SS (only 13 were made)


Elan s.4 (R4 cyl, 1558 cc, 105 bhp)
Elan s.4 (R4 cyl, 1558 cc, 115 bhp)
   Coupé (wb: 84 in.)
   Roadster (wb: 84 in.)


Elan Plus 2S

Elan +2S (R4 cyl, 1558 cc, 118 bhp)
   Coupé (wb: 96 in.)

LOTUS ELAN PLUS 2 S £2,476 (incl. P.T.)
Since the 'Plus2' was introduced in 1968 it has achieved an enviable reputation for exceptional handling and roadholding. It was the Lotus factory's first essay into production of a larger car, the result being a well-proportioned 2+2 coupe with realistic elbow roam and luggage space. The twin overhead camshaft 1558 c.c. Ford engine is positioned at the front of the steel 'backbone' chassis, and the two-door bodywork is in glass-fibre. It is highly aerodynamic (the headlights flip-up for night driving) and can reach over the 120 m.p.h. mark.

London show review


wb: 2310 mm 4 cyl.
1565 cc
82 bhp
4 cyl.
1565 cc
105 bhp
4 cyl. inj.
1565 cc
110 bhp
Coupé Europa Hemi 807 Hemi 807    

LOTUS EUROPA £1,758 (incl. P.T.)
Although current Lotus racing cars all have their engines at the rear, only one of their production models uses a similar configuration, the ultra-low 'Europa'. Powered by a special version of the French Renault 16 engine, mounted ahead of the rear suspension, the car is well-named. Like the Elan, its sister front-engined model, the Europa utilises a separate steel 'back-bone' chassis frame, and the wind-cheating two-door bodywork is in glass-fibre. Before production was finalised, the body was subjected to much wind-tunnel testing, and its efficiency figure is unusually high.

London report

Europa s.2

Europa Hemi 807

Seven s.4

Seven s.4
   1297cc - Ford
   1598cc - Ford
   1558cc - Lotus Twin-Cam


49 / 49B / 49C (F-1) (90° V8 Ford-Cosworth DFV) - discontinued (1967-70 - 12 ex.)
72 / 72B / 72C (F-1) (Ford-Cosworth V8, 2993cc) - new model
48 (F-2) (Ford FVA 1600cc) - discontinued
59 (F-2 & F-3) - discontinued
69 (F-2 & F-3) - new model
47 (race car based on Europa) - discontinued

1st (J. Rindt) Monaco GP (Lotus 49)
1st (J. Rindt) Duth GP (Lotus 72)
1st (J. Rindt) France GP (Lotus 72)
1st (J. Rindt) British GP (Lotus 72)
1st (J. Rindt) German GP (Lotus 72)
1st (E. Fitipaldi) and 3rd (R. Wisell) USA GP (Lotus 72)

Drivers F-1 World Champion (J. Rindt)
Constructors F-1 World Champion (Lotus 72) Debut of the new Formula 1 Lotus 72 took place at the Spanish GP at Jarama.

The last Formula 1 victory of the Lotus-Ford 49C. Jochen Rindt at Monaco GP, Monte Carlo, Gold Leaf Team Lotus.

Lotus 72

Jochen Rindt in the Lotus-Ford 72C won the French GP, Clermont-Ferrand (Gold Leaf Team Lotus).

Lotus 72

Jochen Rindt, Lotus-Ford 72C winning Dutch GP, Zandvoort (Gold Leaf Team Lotus).

Lotus 69 (F-2)

Lotus 47 (Stefano Sebastiani - Roberto Nardini) at Targa Florio.
  Targa Florio entries:
#194 47 Sebastiani/Nardini 47th
21st - GT, 7th - 1301-1600