Lot 350 - 1971 Lotus Europa 'Twin-cam'
|Odometer reading||84,441 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,320|
The Lotus Europa used Lotus founder Colin Chapman's minimalist steel backbone chassis that was first used in the Elan, while also relying on its fibreglass moulded body for structural strength, and was based on a prototype built to compete for Henry Ford II's contract to build a Le Mans racing car in the early 1960's. The four-wheel independent suspension was typical of Chapman's thinking. The rear suspension was a modified Chapman strut, as used for Chapman's earlier Formula racing car designs with the handling prompting automotive writers to describe the Europa as the nearest thing to a Formula car for the road. The Series 1 was announced for sale in 1966 and was fitted with a modified Renault 16, 1470cc, inline-four engine and a four-speed gearbox.
Series 1A and B had removable side windows, wooden dashboard, and internal door panel covers which could accommodate the windows once taken off. In 1971, the Type 74, Europa Twin Cam was made available to the public, with a 105bhp, 1558cc Lotus-Ford Twin Cam engine and a re-designed bodyshell to improve rearward visibility. The Europa was designed and built to be an embodiment of Chapman's oft-stated philosophy of automotive design; "simplify, then add lightness."
Owned by the vendor for the last three years, this iconic Lotus presents in near standard trim and in good order throughout. Modifications include a cone air-filter and electronic ignition, both perfectly acceptable upgrades for cars of this period. The original Dunlop alloy wheels are still in position and the interior shows no damage and very little wear. The current owner has serviced the car himself during his tenure, the most recent of which was January this year. It is also sold with an MoT test certificate expiring in March, 2014. Supplied with a decent history file as well as bills from Paul Matty Sports Cars and Europa Engineering, both respected Lotus specialists, this sound Europa represents extremely good value for money.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.