Back in the '70s, this was one of the best sports cars on the market. Today, you can probably get $19,000 for it.



  • Fact 1: Designed as a Formula-style car for street driving, around 9,300 Lotus Europas were manufactured between 1966 and 1975.
  • Fact 2: The Series 1 Europa, produced in 1967, featured a specialized 82-horsepower engine and hit a top speed of 121 mph. Only 296 were made.
  • Fact 3: The Europa was based on a design originally submitted as part of Ford's GT40 contract, which went instead to Lola Cars.
  • Fact 4: In an effort to minimize size and weight, Lotus engineers pioneered techniques still used in modern sports cars, most notably the longitudinal mid-engine layout.
  • Fact 5: In 2006 Lotus released a modern successor to the 40-year-old Europa, the Europa S, based on the popular Elise frame

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