Rare 1974 Lotus Europa Twin cam Big valve Special - 5 speed - extremely original

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Technical specifications

Type:Mid Engine Cupe
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Interior Color:Black
Engine:Lotus Ford Twin Cam 1557 cc I4
Trim:Twin Cam Special
Number of Cylinders:4
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Lotus started production of the Europa (Type 46) with a 82 bhp Renault engine and a 4-speed gearbox In 1967.
Always intended by Colin Chapman as as sports racer to succeed the Lotus 7, However it became seriously competitive only in 1971, with the introduction of the Europa type 74 featuring the famous Lotus -Ford DOHC race oriented engine developing 105 hp.
The car presented here features the best specification of the Europa- a "big valve" engine producing 126 bhp, and original factory optional 5 speed gearbox (Type 365).
This layout is identical to the Europa JPS (honoring Lotus's F1 world championship title) without the cigarette manufacturer's color scheme.
These cars are regarded as one of the best handling sports cars ever built, and rightfully so - extremely light (740 kg -1631 lb), yet super rigid, corners like a racer but balances a surprisingly nice ride. It is said to do 0-60 in well under 6 seconds which is incredible for it's time. The famous Lotus race like, and perfectly balanced suspension truly makes it a sensation to drive.
The car presented here is absolutely original. A real time bubble. Never repainted or re trimmed. Still have the original gold body trim. Stored in a dry and climate controlled storage for many years.
I just got it out of the storage, installed a new battery and checked it at a specialist. The Big Valve engine is in great shape, showing good compression in all four cylinders. it was tuned and the carb rebuilt. The Type 365 gearbox shifts well.
Due to lack of use, the clutch froze and might needs replacing. There might be other Little issues due to the Europa's long storage period, but the famous engine and gearbox are in good shape.
Frame is rust free, The original factory paint still shines but it's 41 year old - so it is cracked as expected from an original. So is the windshield. Body is great- straight and accident free. The original interior can use some wood lacquer on the dash and some tucking in of upholstery, but it is absolutely complete and intact.
With little work it can drive again, and with a little more work it's potentially a great show stopper.
It's a great investment too- Europa Specials are rapidly increasing in value. That's why not many people are selling.
I need to let mine go. Really love it but it needs a new home.
It is being sold as is but you are very welcome to come and check it out in person.

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