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Old 01-13-2011, 11:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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[SOLD] 1974 Lotus Europa Special in JPS livery

1974 Lotus Europa Special, Gloss Black with gold JPS pinstripes. VIN#743841R 4-speed, 57,000 miles. If your looking for a Twin-Cam Europa Special that you can get in, shut the door, turn the key and go, this is the car your looking for. I purchased this beautiful car 5 years ago from an enthusiast that owned it for 31 years. The car was given a high quality paint job and a complete high quality interior restoration back in 1986 and the car has been taken excellent care of ever since. The interior is in perfect condition and the paint still looks great and everything works. The purchase of a very rare Porsche forces me to sell one of the coolest cars I've ever owned. In Tampa, FL. **SOLD within 1 hour** thanks to all the contacted me.
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've been asked to post a few photo's of the engine. So I went out to the garage and took a few shots for all to see. The previous owner was very good at fabrication. You can see the very functional heat shield he made to cover the brake boosters. He also made the shield to cover the carburetors to keep any water from coming in contact with the air cleaners.
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Maintenance records back to 1985.
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A few more photo's. I hope I'm not causing anyone photo overload.
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I think there's still a dry spont on that towel. So here are 2 more interior shots.
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We appear to have a deal. It is my birthday (55). I just dug out all the ads and magazine articles of the Europa I've saved since I was 16 or so. I still think this will come in second to that girl 22 years ago on that birthday, but at this moment I can hardly describe the feeling.
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The Europa is SOLD

First I want to thank everyone for the positive remarks about this special car. The past 24 hours have been overwhelming. The phone has not stopped ringing the entire day. I could hear incoming calls while I'm on the phone talking to people about the car. It's just wonderful to know that so many people know and respect the Europa.

There were many people that were willing to buy the car today and I can't tell you how incredibly difficult it was to call them back to tell them that I agreed to sell the car to the very first person that called. He actually called me less than an hour after I listed the car. As sad as I am about knowing my car will be gone, it's comforting to know that the new owner is as passionate about the Europa as I am.

Best regards to all.

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Congratulations on the purchase and sale of a beautiful car.

A word of caution though. Please replace the plastic T-shaped fuel junction above the carbs ASAP. These are a well known failure point, and have caused the premature demise of several Europas in the past. Cheap insurance from self immolation. The car is far too pretty to get singed!
Thanks for the word of caution. But if you're talking about that "T" shaped white plastic junction, that is not fuel related. I believe it is oil breather related. The metal "T" fuel junction which you can't see in the photo's, is located down between the two air filters.
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A car that was not quite a nice as this one, although it is a very nice example, was recently on ebay and the bidding got to 17,100 without hitting the reserve price.

BRTHTKR, two things:

1. I want a ride... I'm coming sometime soon.
2. I call first dibs when you sell the car.
1. Let me get her here and checked out. I live a mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway, would love to meet you.

2. OK, I'll put your name in the Trust so that my descendants could contact you
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The new owner picked up the car today. A very emotional day for me but I must say that it's comforting knowing that it's going to a very good new home.
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The plastic fuel line connections that oxidize and crack are UNDER the car and connect the two tanks together. They MUST be replaced. Mine failed while the car was stored in our basement garage on a midwinter day when the outside temperature was minus 15 degrees. We had a gas furnace with an open pilot flame. My wife started complaining that she could smell gas and I ignored her until she fussed about it long enough that I went into the basement just to shut her up. There was a puddle of about eight gallons of gasoline in the middle of the floor. I shut off the gas line to the furnace, evsacuated the house and opened the garage door by hand after disconnecting the electric opener. I ended up mopping up the gasoline while wearing a bathrobe in a VERY cold basement and airing it out before closing the door. I later replaced the fuel line with American made product with metal fittings. The worst part was I still have to listen to " Remember when you wouldn't believe me about the gasoline smell?"
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12 hours on the road and the Special is nestled into her new garage. She had been between two very nice Porsche, now she's between the Elise and the Rover. I'd like to think she will be pleased with her new home.
Had an excellent fellowship with smgeuropa. It's quite a responsibility taking a car so nice into one's life. I'll do the best I can, more to come.
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now tell us about the Porsche
I urged smgeuropa to post about the special Porsche he's after. Perhaps you can im him to provide this. I'm sure many here would be interested. He now has a couple of very special ones as well.
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now tell us about the Porsche
Doug,

If you get "Excellence" magazine you probably already know about my car. Anyway, about my vintage Porsche's.

A Can-AM Limited Edition 1974 914 2.0 creamsicle, 32K original miles (1 of 500 produced).

A 100% original, concours, color to sample, 1973 914 2.0 with 23K original miles (1 of 2 factory produced 914s in this color).

And a factory 914-6 GT M471 (one of the 48 factory documented 914-6 GTs).

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Beautiful! day in North Carolina today. Want to post a picture of the Europa in her new home.

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