|Private or Trade||Private seller|
|Post Code/Zip||DA15 7HQ|
1974 Lotus Europa Special, JPS colours, 5-Speed, Full Restoration to better than new condition.
I was lucky enough to own a Roman Purple Europa Special when I was in my early 20’s, and it was a totally original factory standard unit. As I was responsible for nearly all of it’s upkeep and servicing, I grew to know every nut and bolt on the car, engine, gearbox, suspension, brakes etc., and also those components where Colin Chapmans vision of “take weight out” had compromised the designs reliability.
The previous two longer term owners of this car spent a huge amount of money on this car, the earlier being the one who first had the car resprayed from it’s original Roman Purple (an amusing coincidence for me), to its present Black livery with Gold stripes, the JPS colours of the period, and indeed the most popular colour scheme for these models.
The previous owner had a full “nut & bolt” restoration performed – on two Lotus chassis, as he felt the first one wasn’t quite straight! The present chassis has been very well painted/coated on top of the galvanisation, and looks as if it will last forever. Some sypathetic upgrades have been incuded in the restoration that depart from true “originality”, but the very large invoices included in the cars history files show that “Banks Europa” was a major supplier of spares, which include front wishbones (Lotus originals’ mounting holes go oval), Door mounting kits (Lotus originals’ allow door to drop, and the pin siezes in the bushes), and adjustable shock absorbers all ’round (the Armstrong Lotus Originals’ last about a year and have poor ride height maintenance). Inside the car, the seats are full leatherette (without the easy stain Lotus fabric centres), the carpets are of far higher quality than the originals, and the wooden dashboard has been replaced with a “new” universal Twin-Cam/Special item.
The car has so many new parts that I cannot list everything here – but in escence there are probably more new parts than originals. The Engine and Gearbox have been fully re-conditioned. The car has just over 90,000 miles on the clock, but quite frankly this number is fairly meaningless, as everything is either new, or thoroughly and expensively re-furbished.
During my ownership, I have had to replace the Brake Servo, which I have done with the Standard “Universal” type for classic cars, as true originals were not exactly great, and are stupidly expensive. I have also completely restored the gear linkage with replacement mid-mounting and Universal joint/adjuster. All gear linkage parts are “Banks Europa” parts – so it works without having to remove the central springing of the 365 ‘box.
The car has had six owners from new, and was first registered on 7th August 1974, hence it has an “N” plate. The car was completed in the Lotus factory in November 1973, whence it was sold to a Peter Leonard, a Welsh Dealer as a demonstrator. First actual ownership, and invoices suggest that it was then sold via Len Street in Chelsea to a local man, then in 1980 was sold to an RAF gentleman based in UK/Germany, in 1982 it passed to its longest term owner in Devon,who had it between 1982 and 2010 (and had it resprayed black), and finally the previous owner (Essex) who had the full restoration done.
The Car is located in SE London/NW Kent, and viewing is by appointment.