This Lotus-approve dealer special is incredibly rare today, and provides an interesting alternative take on the lightweight Europa.
Ever heard of the Lotus GS Europa? An example of this slightly unusual-looking creation is one of the many cars offered in H&H Classic Auctions’ upcoming Imperial War Museum-based sales at Duxford on 12 October.
This interesting 1970s creation came around when Mike Rawlings of Bristol-based Lotus dealer GS Cars Ltd decided to offer a more exclusive version of the Twin Cam Europa. Working with William Towns, known best for his work at Aston Martin, the GS Europa features much sharper and wedgey lines that are clearly related to the to those of the. > Prefer the original? Read the Europa buying guide and browse the classifieds here
After the first car was completed in 1974, Lotus boss Colin Chapman gave the design his blessing – allowing the Lotus name to be used on the dealer special. Although exact figures are unknown, it’s thought that just 15 were built and around five remain to this day.
The example offered for sale by H&H, DUR 168K, comes painted in the original shade of Carnival Red – with just a few age related marks to the paint. This example has the bonus of an upgraded Spyder chassis, which was fitted back in 1992 along with a re-trimmed Oatmeal leather interior.