4AGE Toyota TwinCam: 1972 Lotus Europa

The modern day Lotus Elise is (was…I believe Lotus stopped selling it in the US market a few years ago) a great combination of British handling/looks and Japanese powerplant. It took a while for Lotus to realize that putting French engines into their sports cars was not an upgrade over British iron. Regardless, the builder of this next car decided to put a late model fuel injected twin-cam Toyota engine into the engine bay in an Europa (a Europa…?) and made something very special. Find this 1972 Lotus Europa twin-cam offered for $20,000 in Ft Collins, CO via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1972 Lotus Europa Twin Cam
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 40000
paint color: yellow
size: sub-compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe

My TC is highly modified mechanically – 1991 Japanese 4AGE 16V 1.6L small port FI engine (140-150 HP), ceramic coated headers. Renault NG3 5-speed transmission box. Toyota gear shifter box with cable shift set up. Miata rear disc brakes, Nissan F10 truck brake master & Honda slave cylinder. VW Rabbit full-size radiator in front. Added AC, it blows cold air. Upgraded front roll bar drop links. Special twin links rear suspension. Twin SS gas tanks (7.5 gallons x 2).

Brazilian cherry wood dash. Sony radio with CD 52wx4 output. Black with black & white cloth insert.TPI Tech gauges. Electric windows work great. Subaru third brake light. Sequential arrow red LED turn signals. Interstate battery. Silver powder coated OEM wheels. Kumho Solus TA11 175/70 13 tires. To improve the airflow for the front radiator, an extra vented semi-gloss black carbon fiber wrapped hood was added, original yellow hood included.

A few scratches. The TPI Tech fuel sensor is not working, the gauge is. Speedo is not functioning well under 50 mph. No sun visors. Black cloth headliner.

Body-off restoration by PO from Houston, TX. I have owned it since 2015. $20,000.

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