As listed on ebay 1/30/07
"Here we have my 1969 Lotus Europa S2 that I have owned since 1991, when I purchased it, it had a current MOT and tax. I used it for a year and even took it on a Lotus day held at Castle Combe race track in Wiltshire (back in the day I even managed to submit a competitive lap time). Once the MOT and tax ran out, I placed it in a lock-up garage as i decided to go saloon-car racing with every intention of one day getting the Europa up and running again. However, once I had finished racing I decided to buy a house and thus culminated in lacking funds. The aforementioned has resulted in the Europa sitting in my garage for fifteen years, having not touched it for such a long time, I decided the time has come for a new owner.
However, I decided to sell it with a new MOT, to get the MOT I had to have all the hydraulics on the brakes overhauled (new master cylinder, slave cylinders and pipes).
During the 1980s, the Europa was resprayed in blue using standard paint for metal resulting in splits appearing in the paint showing through the original white. I believe fundamentally, the shell is in good order and just needs to be re-painted with the correct paint for fibreglass. One thing that may cause problems, is whilst my garage was overhauling the brakes, they spilt brake fluid over the two front wings. One more thing worthy of a mention on the bodywork, is that the driver's door-hinge has worn.
Interior is all ok, the two seats and door cards (drver one has been removed but is still present) having been recovered in lovely 1980s blue velour?! Everything else seems to be there, including a brand new Banks Service Station wooden dashboard (not fitted). The horrid sunroof (again 1980s) I have noticed that whilst it has been outside (at the garage having the brakes overhauled) it leaks, however it is not going mouldy. The ELECTRIC windows still work!
Mechanically, when I purchased the Europa, I fitted four Koni dampers, a free-flow exhaust manifold and silencer and a fuel tank all came from BSS. The Europa is fantastic to drive with ultra sharp steering and handling as if on rails. The gearbox and clutch are great, obviously the brakes are spot-on. The engine has been upgraded with the fitment of a 1565cc Renault 16 TS unit (I purchased the vehicle like this). the engine starts on the button (new battery fitted) and sounds lovely and crisp.
One interesting point of history to mention about this car, is that it was a Lotus press-car. I found this out by reading "Lotus Europa 1966-1975" to be startled by recognising my car on pages 40 and 41! It transpired that Car and Car Conversions Magazine had road-tested my vehicle and submitted a report in March 1970 (I have the original magazine).
Please be realistic when bidding and appreciate that this is a THIRTY EIGHT year old car and as such is not a brand new car, however it does have ONE YEAR'S MOT and as I believe it to be tax-free it is ready for the summer. In my opinion, the Europa could very easily be used as a running restoration project.
South Benfleet is located fifteen minutes east of the M25 junction 29/30 in Essex. Delivery may be possible via prior arrangements. Feel free to e mail any questions you may have.
If you have less than five in your feedback score, please e mail me your landline telephone number, which can be corroborated, otherwise I will retract your bid.
Payment via cash or Paypal. Car to be collected within seven days of auction end. The winner will not be disappointed, sorry if you are new to ebay but there are too many fraudsters in circulation now.
Please bid in confidence and remember the Europa HAS NO RESERVE, MoT until JANUARY 2008, thanks for your time."