There is so much to like about this particular car. I love the Colorado Orange, it is the classic equivalant of Chrome Orange. And since I like my Lotus to be original, I don't think I could find a more original car than this one. There is a sticker in the glove compartment that tells you what size wheel and tire are supposed to go on the car. The original tool kit is with it and complete. And, many people just wouldn't care about this, but, the original smog equipment is installed as well. Note the long black vapor canister at the front of the engine bay, and the silver cross-over tubes to warm the intake with hot exhaust at start up. Most Europas had this eaquipment removed at the time the customer took delivery. I even love the lack of radio. Why listen to the radio when there is a Lotus Twin-Cam a few inches behind your ear.
I recently had a teenage girl, Lena, staying with us for a week. I offered to take her for a ride in a Lotus as I drove the proposed route for a scenic drive. When I asked her which car she wanted to go in it was not surprising that she chose the Elise.
A few days later I got a call from AAA that my Antique plate was in, but the DMV had messed up the VIN on the title, and could I bring the car down to confirm the VIN, and I could pick up the plates and file the paperwork for VIN correction at the same time. I asked Lena if she would like to come along, and, of course, she did. After driving in the Europa she declared it to be more fun than the Elise. Speaks volumes really.
Kyle Kaulback '56 Mark VI '71 Type61mX '71 Type69 FF '71 Type 69 F2 '77 Super 907 '91 M100 Elan '91 Omega LotusSport 110 '05 Elise(custodian) '13 Evora S
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