...thanks for sharing!..The book from which I recalled the GS Europa is The LOTUS EUROPA derivatives & contemporaries 1966 - 1975 An Enthusiast's Guide & Pictorial Review by Paul Robinshaw and Dave Francis. Here is a picture of the cover and photos (I can't get my scanner to work) of the pages covering GS Europa.
Your question as to whether this car is a Lotus brings up a really sticky and contraversial question. I will refrain from a dissertation and stick to the question at hand.Thanks for coments and for sharing.
Yep, i think its really a bizarre car. But also a rare one.
The yellow car is not in a bad condition, but not as good the red seems to be.
Is that a real Lotus? Would you accept this as a Lotus?
Ok, its mentioned in a Lotus Book - but is it really a Lotus??
A other info is that only 15 cars were made under permission of Lotus Cars.
Your question as to whether this car is a Lotus brings up a really sticky and contraversial question. I will refrain from a dissertation and stick to the question at hand.
This car is essentially a rebodied Lotus Europa. The info delineated in the book above indicates the car could have been had with various options like the Cosworth BDA engine and different wheels. The car you posted pictures of appears to have retained the original interior. Clearly has the Lotus TC engine and still has the Brand Lotus wheels. I would consider this to be a Lotus Europa with custom coachbuilt bodywork in the tradition of the pre-war coachbuilders. To me, not as valuable as an original car, but worthy of having and preserving like any other Lotus by someone who has the interest. Others opinions may differ. From my standpoint the question of Lotusness depends on the degree of modification. Since this car appears to be only rebodied, it is a modified Lotus and falls into the category of custom coachwork. If it had the BDA, aftermarket wheels, and other mods I would consider it to be less of a Lotus and more of a customized special (or potentially a Hot Rod).
I would be interested to know if you buy the car and also to know what other than the body has been modified and whether the seller can provide any additional history or original literature on GS Cars.
Not my point. Whether or not Chapman cared about the Europa, or other models in terms of product viability, he most certainly would've had an interest in the GS Lotus Europa from a protection of trademark/brand perspective.1975, Colin didn't care about the GS Lotus Europa. By that that time, he didn't care about the Europa period. He had moved on to other projects.
The Elan was done, the Seven was given to Caterham. The Europa was at the end on its run, the Elite / Eclat were selling and the Esprit was about to be introduced. The Esprit was twice the price of a Europa.
And in F1, the 72 was history, the 76 a failure, the 77 a moving testbed. 1977, the ground effects Type 78 arrived in F1.
the S1 was on a stretched Europa chassis, QUOTE]
The S1 Esprit was not built on a stretched Europa chassis. It had its own dedicated uniquely design chassis. However, the Esprit design does have a Europa origin. The original Guigaro design concept - known as the Silver Car - was in fact built on a stretched Europa chassis. Apparently after Chapman saw the Italdesign Boomerang Concept he was taken enough with the design to consider something similar for the upcoming Esprit. Some discussion with Guigaro ensued and a Europa cahssis was modified to fit the platform of the Esprit and it was shipped off to Italdesign for the build.
...well, to be blunt, it looks like a poorly-designed kit car to my eyes, and doesn't bring anything new to the table which other more-authentic lotus cars don't already do better - so short of collectors' completism, you've probably chosen wisely...I hope its the right decision.