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The Europa, initially built in 1966, was Lotus’ proposal to Ford to build the racer that eventually became the Ford GT40. The Europa was also one of the first production cars with a mid-engine layout and it featured a slim, steel backbone chassis with a molded fiberglass body.
All-wheel independent suspension, Chapman struts in the rear, a low drag coefficient, and its light weight made the Europa’s well-regarded handling similar to that of Lotus’ Formula 1 cars. The Type 74, introduced in 1971, enjoyed a significant power boost by using a Ford block mated with the Lotus designed twin-overhead cam head. In total, approximately 4,700 Type 74 Lotus Europa Twin Cams were built.
This Lotus, 74/3814R, is fitted with the Big Valve version of the powerful twin-cam motor, which featured more power than the standard unit. A wonderfully original, low-mileage example, this Lotus features an impeccably preserved maroon exterior finish with black interior. This Europa Twin Cam sits on distinctive magnesium wheels and proudly displays the original plaque commemorating Lotus’ fve World Constructors’ Championships. A beautiful example of a benchmark design, this well documented Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special is certain to be treasured by collectors of unrestored sports cars or those who appreciate innovation in form.