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Lotus Europa

The ‘Bread Van’ gave a slice of the European market

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The Europa was a true being not only Lotus’s mid-engine car, but also the British production car with a layout. Just as important, it was manufacturer’s first big attempt at buyers across the English with a name that reflected the company’s target

After gaining experience series production with the of 1959, and introducing its hallmark backbone chassis with the of 1962, Lotus teamed up Renault, one of Europe’s largest in the production of the Europa. The new car used a 78-horsepower version of the 1,470cc engine used in the front-wheel-drive 16 sedan, as well as that four-speed transaxle. Lotus’s turned the powertrain around 180 and mounted it behind the Europa’s passenger compartment, driving the wheels.

The fiberglass body, designed by Frayling, is no doubt the most aspect of the car, its tall panels and high rear earning it the nickname bread van it was new. What was lost in vision was made up for in aerodynamics, and in the utility of a fiberglass storage mounted over the engine, small pieces of luggage be kept toasty warm. In the 1 cars, the body was bonded to the chassis.

Lotus Europa

Series 1 cars were even by Lotus standards, fixed side windows and seats. All Series 1 cars, 650 in all, were exported to Home market buyers have to wait for the Series 2 arrived in 1968, which a number of improvements: adjustable higher quality trim and windows–a necessity, given the of turning a crank while in the tight cockpit. Bodies now bolted to the chassis.

Lotus the Europa for sale in the U.S. in 1969, boring the engine out to and carrying out modifications to meet safety regulations. Road recorded a 0-to-60 MPH time of 9.4 and a top speed of 116 MPH, terrific from so small an engine.

The Europa Twin Cam arrived in blessed with Lotus’s own DOHC inline-four. Based on the Ford Kent engine, the was rated at 105 horsepower, although figure was probably 10 to 15 horsepower Lotus took aim at a number of the other drawbacks at the same trimming down the sail to improve rearward visibility, and additional room by reshaping the lowering the floor and widening the

The last of the line was the Europa which was equipped with a big version of the four rated at 126 everywhere in the world but the U.S. emissions controls dropped to 113 horsepower. Total production 9,300 or so; no one’s sure of an figure. Prices today from $10,000 for a Series 1 car in condition to twice that for a

This article originally in the April, 2009 issue of Motor News.

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