Car Catcher: The First Lotus Type 47 Delivered to North America

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The Lotus Europa is easily considered a worthy classic British sports car, but its Renault-based powerplant proved less than ideal for racing purposes.

To combat this, Lotus essentially pulled the production engine and replaced it with a 1600cc Cosworth four-cylinder engine. The resulting car, specially built for Team Lotus and select customers, was called the Type 47.

This 1966 Lotus Type 47 is one of few examples built—anywhere from 55 to 68 are said to have been produced. It reportedly carries the distinction of being the first 47 brought to North America. This one has had a few notable owners, like racer Alan Pease and former CFO of Apple Joe Graziano, and comes with a well-documented 25-year racing history.

True mileage is currently unknown, though the car is reported to have received a “no expense spared restoration from 1994-1995” by Lotus expert Jim Groom. It’s said that during that time, Groom moved the gear shifter from its factory position in the center of the car to the right side of the driver.

A selection of spare parts are also included in the sale, such as four new Mag wheels, the original shift linkage, six used gear sets and a few partial body molds.

Find this 1966 Lotus Type 47 for sale over at Fantasy Junction for $165,000.

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RoddyMac17 Reader
10/20/20 5:15 p.m.

Neat looking 47, there's some period photos of the car here if you scroll down to 47/GT/09: Lotus Europa & 47 Register

It's sort of a shame that the original body was replaced with a Series 2 type body, but at least it's still around.  

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