July 14, 2014

1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special

1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special

1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special

The following is a piece on the 1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special, an iconic and timeless sports car that has captivated car enthusiasts and collectors alike. This article delves into the history, design, engineering, and impact of this masterpiece from Lotus.

The Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special was born from the visionary mind of Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus Cars, and made its debut in 1966. Throughout its production, the Europa underwent several iterations, with the 1973 Twin Cam Special representing the pinnacle of its evolution.

At first glance, the 1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special draws attention with its low-slung profile, aerodynamic contours, and fiberglass body, which epitomizes the automotive artistry of the era. The design is characterized by crisp lines, smooth curves, pop-up headlights, and a distinctive rear window, with every aspect of the design serving a purpose, blending form and function seamlessly.

Under the hood, the 1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special is equipped with a potent 1.6-liter inline-four engine, developed by Lotus in collaboration with renowned engine builder Cosworth. This powerplant is equipped with dual overhead camshafts, delivering exhilarating performance that can take the Europa from 0 to 60 mph in just over 7 seconds, with a top speed exceeding 120 mph. The chassis features a lightweight steel backbone frame, providing exceptional rigidity and balance, with independent suspension and rack-and-pinion steering contributing to the razor-sharp handling characteristics of the car.

Beyond its technical prowess, the 1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special holds a special place in automotive history, representing the culmination of Lotus's relentless pursuit of automotive excellence. It has inspired generations of enthusiasts and remains a timeless testament to the ingenuity and passion of its creators.

In conclusion, the 1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special is an iconic and timeless sports car that commands the same level of admiration and respect as few cars in automotive history. Its captivating design, exhilarating performance, and enduring legacy have cemented its status as a true automotive icon, inspiring and influencing generations of car enthusiasts.

Detail about this Lotus  by Owner
It a 1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special has been a CA car garaged since Owner bought it 10 years ago.

The paint is in awesome shape. No spider cracks.
It does have some nicks in the back and front. They are in the photos.
The front and rear bumpers are not on the car. I have the rear bumper but it needs a new front bumper.
The windshield needs to be reset.

The headliner is not installed the way it should be.
The front drivers seat has a tear on the passenger side of the seat. I have a replacement seat in the box to replace it.
The radio is not stock. It is a radio with CD/ DVD playing capabilities.
The door panels replace or reline the originals.
All the gauges are Smith with the exception of the Amp meter.
The electric windows work slow.
The cowling in between the seats needs some work.
The speedometer cable has been out since I bought it. I have the replacement it just needs to be installed.

Engine & Transmission:
Very strong engine!
The 5 speed transmission works fine.
The car RPM drops low some times. The ignition light comes on if you do not rev the engine.

The car is set up to rally race it has adjustable shocks, PanSprot rims, and a rare Spider Frame.

Owner have used the car as a 3 day driver each week for over a year now.
"This Lotus Is Reliable"
The car is in very good condition.
Car has new electronic ignition. Installed one year ago
It handles even better then a stock lotus.