|Engine||1558cc four-cylinder, DOHC, twin Dellorto carburettors|
|Power||126bhp @ 6000rpm|
|Torque||113lb ft @ 5500rpm|
|Price when new||£1667|
This rare Lotus Europa S is available for a negotiated sale around £17,000 which is in the middle of our estimated sale price. See TradeClassics.com for a full write-up and over 300 images and videos and meet the owner. EXTERIOR Finished in grey, this fibre-glass bodied car is a real head turner even today. Ultimately it looks like a lotus, but at the same time it has it’s own distinct styling compared to the Elise and Exige models that were produced in the same era. Wheels & Tyres The car sits on 17inch original alloys all round, and is wearing a set of Bridgestone Potenza wheels. This is a car that Mark used in Hong Kong, and so this is shown with various scuffs and nicks across the wheels, take a look at the exterior video where we have detailed these. Bodywork Being a fibre-glass bodied car, there’s no rust and rot to worry about on this. We went over the car with the camera catching reflections at a variety of angles, and from our inspection the bodywork looks great. The panels all line up correctly and shut-lines look good too. Take a look at the detailed video. Paint No rust to worry about, and there were no visible signs from our inspection of any blistering in the paint. Colour looks consistent across the panels. Glass and Trim The glass across the car is good with the exception of a small chip on the drivers side lower part of the windscreen, which is not impacting field of vision. The being lightweight does not feature much exterior trim at all, and all looks to be good. The door seals as seen in the interior review video need reapplying, Rob should be remedying this. INTERIOR The Europa S was built to be a GT car compared to the rest of the Lotus range, and so the interior featured things such as a sound system in a Lotus for the first time! Seats and Carpets The car has very slim bucket seats finished in tan and black leather, which are in good condition. Along with the door cards they could do with a clean but are not worn or damaged in anyway. Dashboard The dashboard is in good condition, finished in a mix of plastic and wrapped in places, there are no signs of overt wear. The dials look fresh and all work correctly. Steering Wheel / Gear Stick A go-kart like Lotus steering wheel guides the car, and both the steering wheel and the gearstick show signs of use in line with the cars age. MECHANICS Rob took us out in the car around some local roads to test drive the car. You’ll see the usual cold start videos too, and our commentary as passengers below. Engine and Gearbox The car started from cold without any issues, and on the test drives performed without fault. Rob took the car through all the 6 gears on an open section of road without and issues too, you can review this in the video. Suspension and Brakes This cars set up is more for GT compared to the other Lotus cars in the collection, and so a much more comfortable ride. On the drive the car felt very settled on the road, and Rob describes it as being stuck to the road. Brake operation also was observed to be normal and no squeaking etc. The Drive No issues on the drive, a very enjoyable experience as a passenger with an experienced driver such as Rob at the wheel. Electrics and Other All working as expected.
Lotus Europa Twin-Cam Special 5 Speed, 1975 (Sept.). One of the last few Europas and a very late registered one. Original Lotus alloys. Massive history file going back to the early days and bills from the likes of Europa Engineering/Banks Service Station, Daytune, Chris Foulds, Lakeside Engineering etc. Invoices detailing respray, re-trim in Connolly leather and Wilton Carpets. In Sept. 2015 the carbs were overhauled, 4 U/Js were replaced and output shaft seals etc. were done. Bills for the engine rebuild, clutch etc. Comes with a Certificate of Provenance from the Lotus Archives showing that this Europa left the factory in Monaco White; one of the all-time great colours for the later Europas. The paintwork is in excellent condition, but could be returned to the original colour if required and removal of the 25 year old glass sunroof. I really good driving Europa and is in good shape inside and out and underneath. Original Owners Handbook. An opportunity to own one of the latest Europas with a massive history file and a joy to drive.
Lotus Europa S2, 1970. 5 Speed. Totally rebuilt with photographic documentation. Stunning Calypso Red with full tan leather interior. Chassis-up body off rebuild using all new or refurbished parts. Fully rebuilt 1600cc Renault engine with twin Dellorto carbs and alloy rocker cover. Copper brake lines, new wiring loom, re-chromed bumpers, new exhaust system, front and rear Spax shock absorbers, all new suspension bushes, rose-joints etc. 5 Cosmic Alloys. Original steering wheel. Superb respray with gleaming paintwork. Drives superbly. Comes fully serviced and MOT’d.