1974 Lotus Europa
The Twin Cam Europa started production in 1971 and ended in 1975, with 4,710 total units built, 3,100 of those being Specials. The Twin Cam powered Europas are an evolution from the Renault-powered Europas. Besides the engine change, the Twin Cam Europas have lowered rear sills in the body, additional structural reinforcement and a more robust suspension and braking set-up. The Lotus Twin Cam engine consists of a Ford main block with a Lotus engineered 8-valve cross-flow head, in standard form outputting around 105bhp.
Specials, produced from 1972 onward, benefited from increased power with Lotus’ new “Big Valve” engine, which raised the maximum output to 126bhp. Such features as a five-speed transmission, adjustable rear lower suspension links, and various other details further distinguished the Specials from previous Twin Cam Europas.
I've had this car over 27 years, bought it in boxes and rebuilt it with an uprated engine (about 150hp) and other subtle modifications.
Paint and exterior
A non-factory color, this is finished in two-stage Emerald Green pearl, from the Ford Explorer in 1996. I think it shows the body lines exceptionally while acknowledging British Racing Green.
Upholstery and Interior
Full leather upholstery (factory are cheap vinyl and cloth) in tan, with chocolate brown carpeting and burl walnut dashboard.
Original Engine: No
Engine is not original to the car but is a Twin Cam as per spec., and has been rebuilt with Dellorto side-draft carburetors, dry-sump oiling, Rally cams, forged JE pistons, and head from Tony Ingram, fully ported/polished.
This car has less than 5,000 miles on the engine since a full rebuild, less than 10,000 on the vehicle overall since full recommissioning.
Wheels and tires
14" Panasport wheels
Front disk (Triumph GT-6), larger drums
Hahaha, a vintage Lotus with a warranty...