1974 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special

1974 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special Profile
Karissa Hosek © 2015, courtesy of Auctions America

This is a two-owner car originally from Laguna Beach, CA. The restoration was completed by David Zumstein. It is said that he has restored many concours-winning English cars. The engine was rebuilt with higher-performance cams, pistons and valve-train components to give the car a little more power for the driver to enjoy. This has a one-piece Weber aluminum cylinder head with twin Weber carburetors and its original Renault 5-speed manual transmission with new bushings in the linkage. The woodgrain on the dash has been refinished, and the Lotus Green loop carpets are new.

Many one-of-a-kind features were added by the first owner, such as subtle fender flares, a custom front air dam, sunroof and high-performance suspension components. When the car was repainted in white, the turn signals on top of the hood were moved into the front end and the side markers were deleted for a cleaner look. The black-and-green interior is neat and professional. A custom stainless-steel exhaust was fabricated, and the disc brakes and suspension were rebuilt. Also, the cooling system was enhanced with more powerful electric fans. The 13-inch Lotus wheels are wrapped in Yokohama tires to complete the performance-car look. This fun and sporty Lotus Europa is said to have a top speed of 125 mph.

Reid Trummel

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Reid is editor-publisher of Healey Marque magazine, the official publication of the Austin-Healey Club of America (www.healeyclub.org). His interest in cars began when he taught himself to drive a stick in a hand-me-down 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider. Wanting more power than the Alfa’s 1300 could provide, he bought a Healey 3000 and fell down that slippery slope of affection for British cars. Currently the owner of two 1956 Healeys — a 100M and a 100 with the Le Mans Kit — his affliction also includes non-British dalliances. He is also Chairman of the Columbia Gorge Classic Rally (www.columbiagorgemgaclub.org). He makes his home in Portland, OR.

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