1973 Lotus Europa

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Technical specifications

Manufacturer:Lotus
Model:Europa
Year:1973
Type:Coupe
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Color:White
Mileage:77000
Transmission:Manual
Interior Color:Tan
Engine:1600 Twin Cam
Number of Cylinders:4
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1973 Lotus Europa TWIN CAM Series 3
I have a Twin Cam Lotus Europa (The Ford Cortina motor with Lotus Twin Cam heads) for sale in project car condition. She mostly needs some fiberglass repair and the wind-shield (approx. $500 last I sourced one in 2016) and rear window (flat glass, can be cut at any local glass shop) replaced.
- Original Matching Numbers Engine
- 30,000 miles on a full rebuild with 77,000 total original miles
- 4-Speed manual Renault Transmission
- Upgraded Radiator (no spar tire because of this)
- Original Lotus Mag Wheels
- Boxed and Double Walled the Rear Trailing Arms for twice the strength (Won't break on you now)
- Replaced plastic shift bushing with an aluminum bushing (shifts REAL smooth and precise now)
- Detailed maintenance history from previous owner (VERY detailed)
How's the Engine? She hasn't been fired up for two years, but shedid run though she needs a valve adjustment (ran on 3.5 cylinders untilshe warmed up the last time she was started). I had planned to replace the original Lotus Twin Cam with a VW power-plant and Transmission (I have far more experience with VWs then Formula Fords) so I haven't bothered to start it since.
How did my Lotus end up like this? Two years ago the shed it was stored in for the winter couldn't take the snow load and collapsed. The Lotus fared reasonably well (other stuff took the brunt of the impact), but the roof cracked breaking the windshield and rear window. There's also a crack on the driver side door. Amazingly, both doors still open and close fine and the windows roll up and down as well. No damage was done to the suspension, drive train, etc.
Anything else? I did just purchase and install two new tires for the driver side. Oh, also, the gas tanks are good (I've been told they tend to rot) and there doesn't appear to be any rust issues with the exposed parts of the frame (I wouldn't expect there to be as I only drove it in the summer and it spent it's first 30 years in desert climate). Also, the front windshield chrome was completely removed and thrown away by the previous owner as he installed a glue-in wind-shield (the one that's now broken) to prevent any possibility of leaks.
Why am I selling her? I've had my fun and it's just too much of aproject for me right now. Rather then store it for a couple of yearsbefore I can get back to her it makes sense to sell to someone who maybring her back to life.
Why is the Starting Price lower? I've set the starting price to my absolute bare minimum price. The parts and engine alone are worth far more then this, but I'm not going to be able to do what I originally planned in terms of upgrades/restoration for at least another year and would prefer not to see it continue to rot in the mean-time.

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