14th Jun, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 57

2008 Lotus Europa S/SE Spec

Sold for £24,750

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: FL57 GBX
Chassis No: SCCSC12157HN10916
MOT: April 2024

  • Offered with well-stamped service book, handbooks and original sales brochures
  • Upgraded by the factory with SE spec engine upgrades
  • 22,821 miles from new, documented factory speedo change @ 4,321 miles
  • 4 former keepers, two sets of keys and a collection of invoices and old MOTs

Designed to be a more usable version of Lotus’ Elise, the Europa S went largely under the radar during its production which only ran for 4 years and was limited to just under 500 units. With a larger boot, better soundproofing, and easier access into the cabin due to a higher roof and lower side sills, it is a very sporty grand tourer. With added creature comforts such as an alpine sound system, air conditioning, and leather interior it was a bit more luxurious than the usual Lotus experience. The SE version of the Europa was unveiled at the Geneve International Motor Show on 5th March, 2008. The SE was an upgraded model with more comfort in mind, intended to bring in more customers, The SE has the same engine as the S, however, it was modified to bring power to 225 PS and torque to 300 Nm, offering 0-60 in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 146mph.

Upgraded from an S to an SE specification, this attractive and clean 2008 Europe S, presents as a very well-maintained example of the Europa. Finished in Storm Titanium Metallic over full Black & Grey leather Upgrades that have been added by the previous owners to bring this very special Europa up to the highly coveted SE Spec. It was in November 2008 the car returned to Lotus UK where the SE 225 enhanced engine upgrades were fitted along with the model’s cross-drilled brakes, since then Purbeck Sports Cars have continued to supply and fit the remaining SE enhancements including the correct springs and dampers, SE anti-roll bars, with Fondmetal 7800 SE Multi-spoke wheels with the interior also benefitting from the same treatment with the Luxury Touring Pack, the upgraded leather trim panels.

Having covered a mere c.22,821 miles currently. At 4,321 miles, the car’s speedo was replaced by Lotus Cars’ service department and therefore the car displays some 18,502 miles. The Europa possesses a comprehensive service history file that has been completed by Lotus main agents or specialist. Purbeck Sports Cars carried out the latest service in 2021 at 17,000 miles, which is believed to have included a brake fluid change, spark plugs and a gearbox oil change. Additionally, the cambelt was also replaced by the same specialist 2 years prior, along with a major service including coolant and brake fluid, all in 2021.

Offered with two sets of keys, the Europa is accompanied by the original sales brochure, original ‘well-stamped’ service book and handbook. There is also a Blaupunkt instruction manual present. On file is the original letter from Lotus confirming the SE upgrades, a collection of invoices and old MOTs.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 14th Jun, 2023

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