1974 LO­TUS EUROPA SPE­CIAL

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - ClassicCarsForSale.co.uk - Mur­ray Scul­lion

EN­GINE 1558cc/4-cyl/DOHC POWER 126bhp@6500rpm TORQUE 113lb ft@5500rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 127mph 0-60MPH 6.6sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 20-24mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man MoT 12 months from sale ODOME­TER 19,249 miles WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? BODY­WORK CHECK HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

wheel and match­ing door cards and fit­ted car­pet over­mats.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

Open­ing up the en­gine bay re­veals very few blem­ishes, though the ex­haust is slightly rusty. Mid-en­gined cars han­dle well but can suf­fer from poor ac­cess, but get­ting to this car’s mo­tor is sur­pris­ingly easy. The en­gine ap­pears to be in fine health, though it smells a lit­tle rich on start-up. There are no signs of rust in the chas­sis (the body may be glass fi­bre but the chas­sis is steel) and no leaks from the en­gine or rear­mounted gear­box.

THE CCW VIEW

There are one or two po­ten­tial draw­backs to this car – a lack of ser­vice his­tory and be­ing left­hand drive chief among them – but this Lo­tus Europa is in gen­er­ally ex­el­lent con­di­tion and could make a po­ten­tially good in­vest­ment for over­seas buy­ers in par­tic­u­lar, given the cur­rent state of the pound against the euro. If you can live with the steer­ing wheel be­ing on the ‘wrong’ side, though, this would be a great car to own here in the UK. This Europa, first reg­is­tered in New York, has spent most of its life in the US and drives just like a sub-20k mile Lo­tus should – though that mileage can’t be ver­i­fied. It fires promptly and idles smoothly with no hunt­ing at just over 1000rpm once it’s warmed through. It han­dles beau­ti­fully and soaks up road im­per­fec­tions with sur­pris­ing del­i­cacy for such a fo­cused, low-slung sports car. There are no mis­fires from the 1558cc ‘big valve’ Lo­tus en­gine and it pulls sweetly through the taut gear­box. The gear­box it­self feels strong and all gears – in­clud­ing re­v­erse – select eas­ily and cleanly, but the short throw takes a lit­tle get­ting used to. You have to change gear with your right hand though, be­cause it’s a left-hooker. This might put some buy­ers off, but is re­flected in the ask­ing price. some mi­nor swirls but the black is deep and the gold pin­strip­ing ex­cel­lent. The wheels are in good con­di­tion and shod with match­ing Dun­lop tyres. The in­te­rior looks to be com­pletely stan­dard. The lowslung seats are sup­port­ive and have min­i­mal wear, al­though they are tricky to get in and out of. The in­stru­ments and Sanyo eight-track cas­sette player work as they should, but there’s a slight creak from the ash­tray area – for­giv­able on a car of this age. The wooden gear knob fits per­fectly in the palm of the hand and shows sur­pris­ingly lit­tle wear and tear. The wooden dash­board is also in fine con­di­tion, as are the steer­ing This car doesn’t have a great deal of his­tory but the body­work looks mostly orig­i­nal. It’s had a re­paint at some point – though the his­tory file doesn’t say when – but the paint qual­ity is very good over­all. There are

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