Some cars are lightweights. Then there’s this 1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam special, which weighs a ludicrously small 1,600lbs. This weight, of course, is no fluke but instead the result of the dogged determination of Lotus founder and engineering genius Colin Chapman who believed weight was the single greatest enemy of performance. Champan figured out new and interesting way to reduce weight in his race cars through innovative materials and, most creatively, having components perform multiple tasks. Frame rails doubled as coolant passages. Half shafts became suspension arms. Fiberglass bodies strengthened minimalist steel frames. The result being cars like this Europa. With its uniquely styled but lightweight fiberglass body, fully independent suspension and twin cam engine, this car handles, accelerates and stops with nearly the same performance as a purpose-built, single seat race car. So good were they, in fact, automotive writers of the period routinely called them the closest one can get to driving a race car on the street. This car is particularly special because of what appears to be fine condition and the inclusion of the rare and desirable engine. Photos show the interior and exterior to be in fine condition without, as is common with Lotuses, checking in either the wooden dashboard or the fiberglass bodywork. The seller indicates that Twin Cam Specialists recently rebuilt the engine and that most other mechanicals were completely refurbished as well. As time passes we see more and more people who are unaware of the Lotus brand and Colin Chapman’s significant contributions to the automotive world. What better way to teach them the importance of “added lightness” than with a shockingly quick yellow Twin Cam? Find the Europa for sale here on eBay in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a Buy-It-Now price of $22,500.
Added Lightness – 1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special
June 26, 2012 by 10 Comments