Classic Car Catalogue

Lotus 1972

Seven s.4 - discontinued (1970-72 - 887 ex.)
Elan Plus 2S

Great Britain

Elan +2S 130/5 with optional 5-speed gearbox in October.
Europa Special has the "Big Valve" 126bhp engine and optional Renault 12 Gordini-based 5-speed gearbox.



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



Sprint (R4 cyl, 1558 cc, 126 bhp)
   Coupé (wb: 84 in.)
   Roadster (wb: 84 in.)

As part of the drive to become self supporting car manufacturers, Lotus have begun making their own twin cam engines (first installed in the Jensen Healey) and now have their own five-speed gearbox which goes first into the +2S 130 and Europa and later into the Elan Sprint, which comes in two forms, coupé and convertible, with glass fibre bodies on steel backbone chassis.

London report


Elan Plus 2S

Elan +2S 130 (R4 cyl, 1558 cc, 136 bhp)
   Coupé (wb: 96 in.)

LOTUS ELAN +2S 130   £2,720
Low-drag glass fibre body on a steel backbone chassis with race-developed all-independent suspension make this Lotus tops for handling and steering and very comfortable too. Its twin-cam big valve four-cylinder engine needs 100 octane fuel but repays it in impressive acceleration and high maximum speed with low fuel consumption. Equipment includes electric window controls, heated rear window and red warning lamps in door edges.

London report



Twin-Cam (R4 cyl, 1558 cc, 105 bhp) - discontinued
Special (R4 cyl, 1558 cc, 136 bhp) - new model

The low-built mid-engined coupé with the racing car road holding features several improvements following last year's body changes which improved rear vision and interior space. A five-speed gearbox is now on offer, facia warning lights and heater controls are redesigned and interior trim is fire resistant. The wheel is leather covered and exterior finish includes areas of gold and silver.

London report

The 'Big Valve' Lotus twin-cam engine.


Esprit by Ital Design



72D (F-1) (Ford-Cosworth V8, 2993cc)
73 (F-3) - new model

2nd (E. Fittipaldi) South African GP (Lotus 72)
1st (E. Fittipaldi) Spanish GP (Lotus 72)
3rd (E. Fittipaldi) Monaco GP (Lotus 72)
1st (E. Fittipaldi) Belgian GP (Lotus 72)
2nd (E. Fittipaldi) French GP (Lotus 72)
1st (E. Fittipaldi) British GP (Lotus 72)
1st (E. Fittipaldi) Austrian GP (Lotus 72)
1st (E. Fittipaldi) Italian GP (Lotus 72)

Drivers F-1 World Champion (E. Fittipaldi)
Constructors F-1 World Champion (Lotus 72)

Lotus-Ford 72D (John Player Team Lotus), Emerson Fittipaldi winning Spanish GP, Jarama.

Lotus-Ford 72D (John Player Team Lotus), Emerson Fittipaldi winning British GP, Brands Hatch.