The Lotus Europa was an oddly shaped sports car from Lotus, that combined mid-engined driving pleasure with an oddly high rear end that looks almost like a pickup bed or maybe a boat deck made from fiberglass. The reason for the odd shape is because the driver sits so low that the inline mounted engine/transaxle is above and behind the seated driver’s shoulders. The resulting car, although oddly proportioned in the rear, is a absolute pleasure to drive. Find this 1972 Lotus Europa S2 here on craigslist, offered for $16,000 in Bronxville, NY. Tip from FuelTruck.
This Europa is a series 2 (S2) version and as such has a number of notable improvments, the most important being the use of threaded fasteners to attach the fiberglass body to the space frame instead of the epoxy resin of the early cars. The S2 also added power windows, adjustable seats and a new wood dash set. This one looks really nice in the photos provided and the seller indicates that it is being offered for sale for the first time…which begs the question as to how the current owner got the car in the first place?
|Image from http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20930/lot/210/|
For North American version of the S2 Europa, Lotus used a Renault 16TL inline-4 that displaces 1.6 liters and pushes 80 hp into the rear mounted transaxle. Performance isn’t much to brag about today (0-60mph in about 9.5 seconds) but it feels fast with your backside only inches from the pavement.
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