2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904

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Lot 79
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster

Sold for € 80,500 (US$ 85,144) inc. premium
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster
Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
•One of only 340 made
•One owner from new
•Tuned (genuine 190bhp) engine
•Circa 17,000 kilometres from new
•Complete with numerous hard-to-find new spares
•Registered in Belgium

Given the success of its long-running Seven, still manufactured by Caterham and much copied by others, perhaps the most surprising thing is not that Lotus had another stab at building a stripped-down, back-to-basics sportscar, but that it took them so long. First shown as a concept car at the 1998 British International Motor Show, the 340R uses the Elise's bonded aluminium mid-engined chassis, basic running gear and 1.8-litre Rover K-Series engine in its 177bhp form. Originally the target bhp/ton power-to-weight ratio, the '340' ended up being the maximum production figure for this exclusive and exciting car. Even more Spartan than the Elise, the 340R lacks roof, doors, windows and heater, all omitted in the cause of weight reduction, while the narrowed body makes do with carbon-fibre cycle wings instead of the real thing. The end result is a fantastic car looking like no other in current production and one that, according to EVO magazine, enables its driver to, 'bask in the quizzical wonderment that every other road user expresses when you pull up alongside.' Despite looking like a track-day special, a role, incidentally, at which it excels, the 340R possesses full European type approval and delivers a level of ride comfort totally unexpected in such a performance-focussed car.

This Lotus 340R was one of the very first ones ordered, and was chosen by the current vendor as the best of the three on offer at his local dealership. As Lotus has displayed the 340R with carbon-fibre mudguards, the vendor insisted on having those in addition to the stock polyester ones. As the carbon-fibre 'guards were much lighter, it was decided to put them on the car.

From the beginning it was clear that the 340 did not deliver its 190bhp as advertised; it was more like 140 horsepower. The vendor found that the car went reasonably well because of its low weight, but thought that it should have been much crisper.

In order to enable the engine to perform better, a Quaife gearbox with straight-cut gears was ordered. This Quaife gearbox is what they call a '1,000 rpm' type, meaning that engine revs only drop by 1,000 on upward changes. This means that the engine works much better with the Quaife 'box than with the original.

At around 12,000 kilometres an engine problem emerged and it was decided to have it completely overhauled. Once the engine had been overhauled (retaining the matching-numbers crankcase), the car went to 'Emerald', the UK's leading CPU specialist for Lotus. When the car was put on the dynamometer, the engine was found to produce only 120bhp, which Emerald's engineer succeeded in increasing to 170bhp by optimising the valve timing. The engineer stated that it was a very good engine, and that he could get at least 210bhp. However, as maximising the output was not the vendor's intention it was decided to stop at the advertised figure of 190 horsepower. Afterwards, the acceleration was greatly improved, as one would expect of a car that at last had the advertised power-to-weight ratio of 340bhp/ton.

The Lotus has done a little over 17,000 kilometres now in the vendor's ownership, during which period it has been carefully maintained and conserved; indeed, all vulnerable areas of the bodywork are protected by a clear coating, while seat covers have been made to protect the blue Alcantara trim.

In order to be able to put the car back to factory-fresh condition, various spare parts were bought new: a windscreen, an extra set of seats (with blue Alcantara centres), two extra steering wheels with blue Alcantara (in addition to the original Elise wheel), and an extra exhaust. The car also comes with its original gearbox, original wheels (stored since the car was new), original (and very rare) spare parts book, and its original documents and keys. Other noteworthy features include a Stack timing device (original parts with car); a factory tonneau cover; K-way shower cape; and a home-made rear engine lid with Formula 1-style snorkel (custom made and unique to this car).

This well-sorted Lotus 340R is one of the best around and comes with an array of original new-old-stock spare parts so extensive that it has to be seen to be believed. On top of that, it is offered from the well-known collection of an enthusiast who keeps all his cars in pristine working condition. This is an unmissable opportunity to acquire a future classic, the like of which probably will never be made again, in truly wonderful original condition.
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2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
2000 Lotus 340R Roadster  Chassis no. SCCGA1112YHD69904
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