As European 2-door classics like Porsche 911, BMW 3.0CS and Mercedes SL have inflated into trust fund money required status, there is a little car that continues to be affordable, despite its mid-engine layout, and sub 10k production figures. It is called the Lotus Europa and Colin Chapman designed the suspension, and Ron Hickman designed the exterior. Hickman is better known for his invention of the “Workmate” — the foldable bench/vise/sawhorse design that was manufactured by Black & Decker after Hickman sold it at trade shows for a few years. Anyway, Hickman left Lotus to pursue his Workmate side hustle in 1968, but not before he penned the gorgeous lines of the Europa…but now that I look at it…I can’t help but think that rear end is just an early version of his form-follows-function industrial design work. Find this 1971 Lotus Europa S2 offered for $18,500 in Old Saybrook, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
From the seller:
1971 Lotus Europa
title status: clean
Europa S2 recently painted, some minor cracks professionally repaired before the repaint. Recent work includes a complete carburetor rebuild and gas tank cleaned and sealed. Compression on all cylinders is 180. Runs strong with the Weber 45DCOE and custom header. Great oil pressure and temp, does not overheat, shifts very nicely. New paint, carpet, brake master cylinder, tires, door panels and door seals. Bumpers have been rechromed. Some scratches on windshield that dont show up in pictures, a few very small chips in the paint. Comes with some touch up paint that was left over from the paint job.
Wiper, heater motor, radio, speedometer and drivers door window do not operate. Comes with factory Europa manual. Sold on currant CT registration and bill of sale. CT is a no title state.
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