The Lotus Europa is one of the all time great classic English sportscars with a distinctive shape that’s instantly identifiable to car enthusiasts around the world.
When it was introduced in the mid-60s, the Europa represented a big step forward for Lotus, and while still adhering to the brand’s mid-engine, simple and lightweight approach, it was a genuine closed roof 2 seat sportscar that was compact in size and aimed to be more affordable and targeted at volume production.
That was an ambitious list to tick off but it proved an instant success story as sportscar buyers were seduced by its capability and distinct looks leading to a decade long low volume production run.
It was bursting with advanced design features of the era, such as independent suspension all round and the incorporation of “Chapman strut” which was derived from racing, as were many parts on this car.
This stunning red Europa has enjoyed a long history in Thailand. Imported almost immediately after being built new, it still retains its original twin cam engine in perfect working order.
It’s one of just one of two twin-cam Europa’s believed to be here. In fact, of the four Europas known in total, the other pair of cars have the Renault engine option and are both non-runners. The previous owner of this car also owns the other twin-cam here, which is also in running order.
It has a few important upgrades, including fitting disc brakes and adjustable coilover shocks all round, to make it more driveable and pleasurable.
It’s also made many high profiles public appearances, including being presented at the Thailand International Motor Expo last year.