I recently found a 1974 Europa Special at a local auto shop in Hanford CA. I saw the car parked outside on my way home from work on Tuesday then saw the car in the shop on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday I had some time so I stopped by the shop to see the car and it was luckily still there. I found the shop owner and he said it was his car. I'm pretty sure he buys and sells cars. Mostly classic Japanese cars as well as some British sports cars. I have seen a number of Triumphs and a few MGs outside the shop. The owner told me it was an all original car with 25,000 miles on it. Original paint with a few nicks and scratches. The leather seats looked a little dry and the drivers seat one seam was split. The paint had a little bit of a gloss to it. I didn't see any spider webbing or major damage just some nicks in the paint. I think a little touch up and a cut and buff and the paint would look brilliant. The car seemed to be intact and un-molested. The shop owner said the car had been sitting in a garage for 30 years. It was last registered in 1992 so that maybe a true story. He told me it runs and drives. They just did a full service on the brakes. If I wasn't a hideous color I would be very tempted to buy the car. Since its original paint and looks pretty good a re-spray and color change for me is out of the question. I asked what he was asking for it and he did not give me a number said he needed to re-search it some to come up with a number. He gave me his business card and told me I should come up with a number that would make him sell the car. I snapped a few pictures with my phone so I could post them here.
Maybe someone here is looking for an all original low miles Colorado Orange Europa Special. If it was any color but Orange I would be working to gather funds to buy it.
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