1973 Lotus Europa Special Project - full restoration For Sale

£6,000 As stated

Price £6,000As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Lotus
  Europa Special
Year 1973
Country United Kingdom
Region Herefordshire
Town Leominster
Telephone 01568 597646
Seller's phone number is protected behind a forwarding service
Status Private
  05-Aug-2022
Ref C1485000
Here are the details on my Lotus Europa Special project that I am offering here.

The car was made in April 1973 to Federal specifications and originally delivered to a dealer in Vancouver BC for sale to a customer. I have the Lotus archive details on the car, which was originally Tawny Brown in colour. I bought the car as a project in Vancouver in 2017 and brought it back to the UK when I repatriated in early 2020.

I have the all-important V5C in my name, so you would have no difficulty in registering the car - it is not as easy as everyone claims to register a car after importation, so the V5C saves a lot of grief.

I know that everyone says this, but I am definitely not desperate to sell this car and am absolutely not bothered if I end up keeping it. I have always wanted a second Europa to play with and possibly to experiment with different drivetrains (maybe even diesel to make a 100 mpg sports car.....?). I've owned my first Europa for more than 40 years and know these cars pretty much inside out (owning one usually means that you inevitably get to know them inside out!). I'm only putting it up for sale because I realise that I have too many projects and too little time to complete them all. I thnk the car has been off the road for the better part of 30 years or more - the guy I bought it from had had it at least 20 years and I've now had it 5.

The car is mostly complete. Most of the important Europa-specific parts are there including gearbox bellhousing and rear suspension components. Brakes, suspension and steering are all there and need refurbishing The suspension and brakes will all go again after suitable re-sealing, re-bushing and re-powder-coating, as appropriate.

The car is essentially a rolling chassis with gearbox (352 4-speed), but is missing its engine as the Crossflow pictured in it has been sold. The body shell is in pretty good condition overall and someone has started to prep it for a repaint. There is evidence of repairs to the nose area and I have started to remove the filler back to the original GRP in order to carry out the repairs properly. A previous owner decided to cut a letter-box type slot in the rear panel (I have no idea why), but this would be an easy fix. There is a rear bumper included (in pretty decent shape), but no front. In my experience, front bumpers are easier to source anyway (Ford Anglia 105E).

The chassis is clearly going to need either refurbishment or replacement. The old orthodoxy used to be that replacement was the automatic option, but people have successfully grafted in new metal (see Serge Sleurs' Europa restoration thread on YouTube for details). I have photographed the front of the chassis as best I can and I think it may be salvageable. New ones are available, if you felt you preferred to go that route. Separating the body from the chassis is pretty easy and then everything becomes easily accessible.

The windscreen is absent, but all the other glass is present. Door cards are present and the rest of the interior is mostly there, but is really only suitable for use as templates for new parts (carpets etc). There is a genuine Europa Special steering wheel. The dash is missing along with the instruments. Although only one seat is pictured in the car, the other is present, but has been stripped down to the shell to determine how badly rusted it is (pretty bad). Both seats will need significant repairs or replacement. There are now aluminium alloy seat shells available on eBay which look excellent.

Both fuel tanks are rusted out, but will make patterns for aluminium replacements. The pedal box is toast, but you would probably want to make up a RHD one anyway (its a pretty simple structure). The car is currently configured as LHD, but switching to RHD is straighforward and could easily be accomplished during a full restoration.

This is a big project, but a very do-able one as all of the missing items are available from the various Europa specialists. The Europa Special was the last and the best of the Europas and projects are now very hard to find, as restored cars are now fetching more than £40k. I have more recently realised that I’m unlikely to get to it in a reasonable time period due to other priority projects. Consequently, I am offering the chance to someone else. There is an almost infinite range of engine options to try if you decided not to build it up as an original Europa. Europas feel quick with the original 126 bhp, so they would be an absolute rocket ship with around 200-225 bhp from a more modern engine, without destroying the absolutely sublime handling balance and feel - with Europas you tend to 'think' them round corners rather than steer them round. They are the driving enthusiast's car par excellence and probably as close in feel to a 1960s/ 70s race car as you're likely to find on the road!

Europa values, in common with all classic Lotus values, are on the up and there is sufficient value uplift potential to make this a viable project. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help.

As a Historic Vehicle, the car is naturally road tax and MoT exempt.

Just for clarification, please note that the Crossflow engine that is pictured in the car is no longer with the car - it has been sold separately. The car is a rolling chassis only.

Thanks for looking and for reading my ramble!
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