Lotus is famous for making light, cool-looking, fun-to-drive sports cars. One of its stranger designs, the Europa, is now an appreciating classic. We drove one back in 1970 and loved its precise driving dynamics. If you're looking for a fun, investment-grade vehicle for not too much money, this 1974 Europa Special might be the car for you.
The Europa Special came standard with Lotus's twin-cam "Big Valve" inline-four cylinder engine capable of 113 horsepower. For 1974, Lotus made the optional five-speed transaxle gearbox standard, and added bigger brakes.
This particular car wears a lovely shade of bright blue paint, trimmed with factory gold pinstriping along the hood, sides, and rear decklid. According to the seller, the paint, as well as the immaculate interior, are completely original. Look closely and you'll notice World Constructors Championship badges (used to commemorate the company's F1 wins) on either side panel and a "Special" badge on the rear.
At $34,950, . For the same price, you can pick up a much newer and faster Elise. But considering the quirky looks and sublime originality of this example, we think the price is worth it. You should buy it.