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1967 Lotus Europa S1 P5-series prototype [Type 46]

1967 Lotus Europa S1 [Type 46] in Look at Life: Racing to the Start, Documentary, 1967 IMDB

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: UK — Made for: GB

1967 Lotus Europa S1 P5-series prototype [Type 46]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle

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Skid US

2018-02-26 19:02

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Europa S1. E-registration should make it a 1967.

JCB UK

2018-02-26 20:13

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KPW618E
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dsl SX

2018-02-27 22:43

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Unusual in RHD - all production Europa S1s were built for export to ... um ... Europe.

dsl SX

2018-03-05 00:00

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KPW 618E was one of 5 prototypes in the P5 series of [Type 46]

"Lotus built 5 prototypes. They were code named P5. I assume they were numbered 1-5. I’m not exactly sure what happened to them, but I think this is how they started life
- The first Lotus 47 was made out of one of the 46 prototypes. The inner rear guards can be seen as fabrications in most Europa books, plus the fuel fillers are inboard. It was number 117 at Brands Hatch on the Boxing Day debut event.
- I think the second 47 was also a converted 46, making my car 47-GT-3 the very first lotus 47 “production” car. The second car burned on test.
- One car was red - SAR857D and was regularly seen in adverts and magazine articles and was RHD.
- One car was blue - RAR949D. It was photographed with John Joyce and appears to be RHD. Another blue car is shown in the June 1967 CAR magazine article but it is LHD and missing the front indicator lights, even though the recesses are there – very odd. Not sure if this a prototype ….
- One car was white - KPW618E and was RHD
- the previous owner of my 47 also had one of these prototypes – supposedly Colin chapman’s personal car. It was yellow but showed signs of black paint underneath. I forgot my camera that day as I had just hopped off a plane from Australia to the UK, then driven 3 hours to meet friends on the south coast. I got lost looking for the seller of the Lotus 47, and was quite dazed and confused when I finally got there.

As far as I know the prototypes are the only Type 46 Europas fitted with the front orange/white lights recessed under the front bumper. These lights are from the Renault R16 and R10. About 20 or so Type 47 also used the front lights.
" from http://www.lotus-europa.com/mann/mann.pdf

JCB UK

2018-03-05 15:41

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Well if the orange/white indicators are an indication these may be the five prototypes-

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