Saturday, August 13, 2016

Low Mile Classic & Brown: 1974 Lotus Europa

When did interesting colors on cars go out of style?   It seems that every other car you see on the road today is some boring shade of silver, white, or black.  Why don't people like Plum Crazy, Mint Green, or Copper anymore? I for one, would love to have a brand new Honda covered in something like this Sepia Brown...except that I'd much prefer a classic Lotus to a new I think I answered my question.  Weirdos who like brown don't buy new cars, we just try and keep old junkers running.  Find 1974 Lotus Europa offered for $19,000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

Not only is this thing covered in an awesome shade of brownish-goldish-beigish...but it is also equipped with the Twin-Cam "Big Valve" engine with 126 horsepower and only 31k miles on the odometer.   The seller admits that it has recently been resurrected from a 35 year slumber in a garage (NOT A BARN) so make sure you check the details and carefully scrutinize any new paint.

 See another off color classic?


  1. Love Europas, love brown cars, but I'd want the eye searingest safety cone orange or radioactive frog green on a Europa. Blind spot brown just seems like a bad idea.

  2. It's amazing how much better Europas look in person vs. photos

    1. It's amazing how much SMALLER Europas look in person vs photos.

  3. I've never seen an Europa in person, but it surely looks hideous in photos. maybe it is no bad car at all, but the looks ruin it to me.

  4. so ugly, yet i want to drive the hell out of it.

  5. The brown color is so far down my list of favorites, the conventional numbering system collapsed. Other than that minor detail I am agreeing with Nick Fee. I get a chance to drive it, I'm gonna drive it like I stole it...

  6. It's about the same size as a ford GT40, not surprising since Chapman pitched the design to ford in competition with Lola.

  7. Interesting car, but for nearly $20k, there are a lot of other interesting cars that also look better (to my eyes anyway).


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