Ext. Color: Yellow
Trans: 4 Speed manual
Engine: 4 Cylinder
The Europa S2, or Type 54, was introduced in April 1968. It used the same Renault engine as the Type 46, but offered a number of refinements, including electric windows, fully adjustable seats, a new interior, and a polished wooden fascia for the dashboard. Per request of the automotive insurance industry, Lotus switched to bolt fasteners instead of resin bonding to attach body to frame. A small number of Type 54s were modified to be "federalized", that is, made suitable for export to the United States. The Federal Type 54 was slightly modified. They were actually recalled because of the headlamps being too low. The Federal 54 had the low fenders of the European 54, but larger engine of the type 65.
The car was delivered new to California and later spent time in Arizona. There was quite a bit done by a former owner including Weber carb conversion, heat wrapped header, and modern alternator conversion. There is a Lotus Certificate build record showing the car has matching numbers including the yellow color. This car is very strong mechanically, motor and transmission. The shift linkage is as good as it gets for the vintage Europa. The steering and suspension is very tight. You may have noticed on my website that I actually vintage race this same type 54 and have been for 19 years. After driving this yellow car I feel as if I could put numbers on the door and take it on the track. The interior is also in super condition. The only short coming is the paint which has checking in various spots. It is a "ten footer" in that respect. These early Europas are a blast to drive and have been appreciating smartly as Lotus cars are an icon in the world of sports cars. This particular Europa is a type 54 making it very desirable with the lower front end than later models.
Northshore Sportscars is an Authorized Morgan Dealer offering new models to all of the US. We also offer a handpicked selection of classic British and European Sports cars for sale including Alfa Romeo, Austin Healey, Jaguar, MG, Mercedes, Morgan, Lotus, Triumph, and Porsche for all budgets. Our restoration shop provides complete service and parts for all of the cars we sell. View these quality vehicles at our indoor showroom located in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Same location for over 21 years! Please contact us at 8472470447 and we would be happy to assist you.
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Like a high maintainance girlfriend, the good times are amazing but things often go wrong in a very public way....it is always my fault and costs me fortune to put right! Read the full summaryView members blog entries about this car
Bought from a friend of mine after I sold the Caterham 7. This is one of a batch of a 100 or so cars (Type 65 Federal Spec) exported to America but refused entry by US Customs and returned to the UK and converted to RHD by the Lotus Factory.
The car was converted to take a Lotus Twin Cam... Read the full summary
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