Films: 1969 Lotus Europa: Orange Slice

1969 Lotus Europa: Orange Slice

October 9, 2018
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abarth595
abarth595

Well done to you Sir, and of course petrolicious. Your Europa has 30 years on my S1 Elise, and the Lotus position is just the same.
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gellefson
gellefson

Growing up in the 60’s in the middle of Oklahoma I didn’t know much about cars beyond Ford, Chevy’s and Mopar (Dad was a New Yorker fan) and the occasional Beetle. Then one day I saw a early review of a Europa in some car magazine and it was like an revelation. What a cool car! There were other cars out there beyond 2 ton wallowing whales. Ever since, despite their shortcomings, Europa’s have always been a favorite. Seriously planning on getting one after I finish up my 62 MG Midget Mark I. By the way, fantastic video and love… Read more »

carl helmetag
carl helmetag

Love car and the video! And wonderful to see it being worked on in the driveway on a floor jack.

As the owner of a Lancia Montecarlo in which, like the Lotus, a great deal of work has to be done on your back under the dash, I have a great deal of sympathy for the “Lotus position”

Roland Alfonso
Roland Alfonso

Wonderful.

Hubert
Hubert

And I thought, I´d be the only one in the world having a sewing machine and doing the interior myself! It is fantastic and inspiring seeing the Lotus being maintained in front of your home.

Jim DeLuca

Beautiful video, great car, and refreshing to see an owner with a floor jack and typical garage – I can relate! Agree with M. Barone, would love to see clips of the race Europa.

jolocho
jolocho

So is this or the Esprit the practical car?

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

This is the daily driver. Yes. I know. The exhaust is sticking out of the number plate panel hole, there are stop watches on the dash, and no license plates are showing during the video. But this is the street version.

MICHAEL JOHNSON
MICHAEL JOHNSON

Another great video. Fantastic cars, thank you petrolicious.
Love the Renault engine and brilliant orange color, reminds me of BMW 2002 Colorado color.

Evan Bedford
Evan Bedford

Bravo! Enjoy! Love the little RAF sticker.

Michael Mrak
Michael Mrak

This is a brilliant car. I have always loved them, but with a 6’3″ frame it is a bit tough to get into, so I never seriously looked. You know that the Brits have made tons of modifications to this car and have all the parts to put a Focus engine into it. It may not be the same old school engine, but it’ll be much more reliable and quicker.

PS I too would love to see your track car.

Mike Barone
Mike Barone

Fantastic to see another Renault-powered Europa.

Would love to learn about the race Europa and how it was prepared for vintage racing. Anyone have a link?

And what are those great looking side mirrors?

Dennis White
Dennis White

I hate these guys! I’m challenged just using my q-tips for cleaning! Really impressive.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

You know, if you want to build some skills with your car there is no time to start like the present. When I learned you pretty much had to learn from some one who had ‘the knowledge’. I apprenticed with the bad-boy of Boston Porsche repair at the time: Woodrow Chan. Later I moved to Peter Seferian’s Cambridge restoration shop. Now, given the number of really very good videos, the on-line forums, and the ease of finding local clubs for your favorite marque, learning is far easier. You can watch a video of someone doing a procedure right before you… Read more »

Sandee Weiner
Sandee Weiner

One of the BEST Petrolicious film ever! Second only to the “Uncompromising Legendary Lancia Stratos” presentation with Phil Toledano! Spencer Canon, you are my hero!

Interesting to see so many 914 owners chiming in; yes, I admit, I’d pretend I was driving the “unattainable Europa” when I drove my 914! Someday, someday I will have one – another life perhaps!

“Lotus position” LOL.

Charles Vasta
Charles Vasta

Great video featuring one of my favorite handsome if quirky looking (in a good way!) sports cars. Too bad that they don’t show up around my neck of the woods very often. Passionate down-to-earth guy without exuding some of the entitlement attitude or mock humility of a few of the other owners of featured automobiles. Finally, the (thankfully) mostly unobtrusive music seems to fit the story quite well and complements rather than distracts.

Randy Foulds

I am also a 914 owner and see a lot of similarity. I’ve had many 914, each has a different feel and yes, 100hp is enough.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Curb weight for these cars is listed as being between 1,350 to 1,570 pounds depending on the model. So these are really very light for a car used primarily on the street. I agree with you that 100 hp is enough to move the car briskly. Given how low the car sits, compared to the size of the wheels, the CG and the Roll Center have to be exceedingly close. Spencer tells us that there is some roll in the corners, but it cannot be much.

Jeremy Mayne
Jeremy Mayne

Very nice. Great to see a knowledgable and passionate owner keeping these cars alive and well. As a 914 owner, I look at the Europa as a kind of vintage kindred spirit, both with styling and packaging that seems born directly from their engineering. Unique and oddly wonderful is the result.

AllLatteorwhat?
AllLatteorwhat?

Great car and great guy who perfectly knows what it’s all about driving and restoring an old car.

NomadMac
NomadMac

Always a great way to start Tuesday morning. I look forward to it all week.

Jim Strong
Jim Strong

agree 100%