Classic Car Catalogue

Lotus 1973

Elan - discontinued (1962-73 - approx. 12,200 ex.)
Elan Plus 2S

Great Britain



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


Elan Plus 2S

Elan +2S 130 (R4 cyl, 1558 cc, 126 bhp)
   Coupé (wb: 96 in.)



Special (R4 cyl, 1558 cc, 126 bhp)

A mid-engined sports coupé in the modern manner, the Lotus Europa has its twin overhead camshaft engine behind the two seats, but ahead of the rear suspension to gain a balanced weight distribution, and fine handling. Available with a five-speed gearbox to fully exploit the performance, the Europa is good for 125 m.p.h. on 1.6 litres. The Europa's bodywork was developed in a wind-tunnel not only for maximum aerodynamic efficiency, but for high-speed stability as well. Light-alloy wheels are standard equipment, and the headlights retain both dip and main beams for night driving.

London report


72D / 72E (F-1) (Ford-Cosworth V8, 2993cc)
73 (F-3) - discontinued

1st (E. Fittipaldi) Argentinian GP (Lotus 72)
1st (E. Fittipaldi) Brazilian GP (Lotus 72)
3rd (E. Fittipaldi) South African GP (Lotus 72)
1st (E. Fittipaldi) Spanish GP (Lotus 72)
3rd (E. Fittipaldi) Belgian GP (Lotus 72)
2nd (E. Fittipaldi) & 3rd (R. Peterson) Monaco GP (Lotus 72)
2nd (R. Peterson) Swedish GP (Lotus 72)
1st (R. Peterson) French GP (Lotus 72)
2nd (R. Peterson) British GP (Lotus 72)
1st (R. Peterson) Austrian GP (Lotus 72)
1st (R. Peterson) & 2nd (E. Fittipaldi) Italian GP (Lotus 72)
2nd (E. Fittipaldi) Canadian GP (Lotus 72)
1st (R. Peterson) USA GP (Lotus 72)
Constructors F-1 World Champion (Lotus 72)

Monaco GP, Monte Carlo. Ronnie Peterson in the Lotus 72E (John Player Team Lotus), 2nd.

Swedish GP, Anderstorp. Ronnie Peterson in the Lotus 72E (John Player Team Lotus), 2nd.