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1970 LOTUS EUROPA - £14,995

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1970 LOTUS EUROPA S2. FULLY DOCUMENTED HISTORY. JUST 1 OWNER AND 5000 MILES IN THE LAST 20 YEARS. GREAT VALUE LOTUS.




Sourced from a small collection of Lotus cars where it had resided for the best part of the last twenty years, this Europa is, we would suggest, mechanically in far better than average condition. It has just sailed through its MOT test with no advisories and in fact it has had but one in the past ten tests carried out religiously since 2007. It performs and drives very well indeed on the road and as one would expect it doesnt disappoint dynamically. The last owner is something of a Lotus aficionado who has in the past been lucky enough to own pretty much the full range and suffice to say he feels it is one of the nicer driving Lotus he has had the pleasure of conducting. He purchased the car in 1998 and proceeded to restore and improve the car. The body was removed from the chassis and both were restored. All mechanicals were attended to with the inclusion of new brakes, fuel pump, steering joints, wheel bearings, springs, dampers, carpets, seats and trim. Although the work was done some years ago the car has been used sparingly and covered less than 3000 miles since. Recent work has included a new starter motor, hoses, plugs, oil cooler, calipers and pads and battery. There is also bills for electronic ignition, a kenlow fan and servo. The underside of the car goes some way to explaining this with new parts evident at every turn from trunnions, bushes, springs and adjustable AVO shock absorbers to rebuilt brake callipers, with many supporting invoices in the large history file. The chassis is well preserved and in great condition. There are no apparent overheating or oil pressure issues and the gear change (always a potential weak spot on a mid-engined car) is about as good as Europas get. Pleasingly everything works on the electrical front which is never a particularly strong suit for a plastic bodied car. Up top, the Europa displays some nice styling touches from the single windscreen wiper and bullet wing mirror back to the offset rear number plate leaving room for the exhaust to exit through the grill the digits mount on. The bodywork has for the most part escaped the bane of many Lotus and indeed fiberglass cars in general, namely that of crazing in the sub-paint surface or gel coat for the technically minded. The straight condition of the body points to the quality of the restoration carried out in 2004. The red paintwork is still bright though it does now have just one or two battle scars, particularly a chip near the rear bumper. According to the factory records and copy of the buff logbook, the Lotus was originally Royal Blue though the cars file also indicates the Lotus was white by 1974 and yellow at the time of restoration so should the new owner decide to refinish it, a good argument can be made for any one of the four colours that have adorned it to date. What there is of the Lotus chrome-work is a bit variable with some pitting on the bumpers though the more noticeable items such as door handles and window frames are in better shape. The Lotus logo hub caps are in excellent condition both in shape and shine. The attractive Lotus design steel wheels (common with some Elans and 7s) are in good order with no evidence of the cracking that can occur around the stud holes. Their paint finish is pretty good if possibly a little thin in one or two places and apparently of the correct shade while all the tyres have a generous amount of tread left on them. The interior looks to be original and in fair shape throughout. The dashboard is to factory layout and there is no de-lamination of the wood. The carpets are not unduly worn and the seats are structurally in good condition, pliant yet supportive though there are a couple of small nicks to the drivers side squab material but as these are confined to just two panels, a partial recovering might be viable. The correct Springall steering wheel is in place along with the wooden Lotus badged gear knob. A pair of Willans four point harness and a fire extinguisher are two sensible additions to the Europas factory specification. Under the engine cover there is a surprisingly capacious boot liner and once this has been removed the engine and box are more accessible than you might expect for a mid-engined car. Tidy and presentable, the engine and gearbox themselves look to be honest and suitably exercised these cars are for driving, not detailing though if that were carried out we are sure it would be a rewarding experience. A jack, its handle and associated wheel brace are found next to the correct spare wheel in the front load space along with the adjuster for the Kenlowe fan. The Europa is blessed with extensive detailed history files and two ring binders cover restoration and maintenance carried out throughout its life. A letter on file from The Lotus Factory Archives confirms it left the factory on 12th February 1970 bound for Northern Sports Cars, the Lotus dealership in Richmond, Yorkshire from where it was purchased by a Mr Reid of Hartlepool on 18th May. Further ownership history is covered in the aforementioned copy of the original log book and the previous owner obtained a full set of copy registration documents from the DVLA. A stack of old MOT certificates that accompany the current one indicate that the Europa had covered just over 80,000 miles by September 1980 eight thousand miles a year for the first ten years of its life.

For us, this Europa represents a very good and useable example of the model and quite possibly currently the cheapest way into classic 1960s Lotus motoring the decade in which they ruled the roost on both the race track and road. Registration number: TPY 350H. Chassis Number: 54 0012P. Engine Number: 2327.

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  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • RefCode: TA1094591

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