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Monday, April 7, 2014

Classics at Beaulieu: 1973 JPS Lotus Europa

1973 JPS Lotus Europa
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Here’s the last of my classics from Beaulieu, a John Player Special Lotus Europa from 1973. Only 100 were built with the JPS colours, meant to commemorate Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1972 F1 World Championship. In fact, according to Wikipedia, only 9,300 or so Europas were produced between 1966 and 1975. Despite that, the plaque beside this car at the National Motor Museum said the original price was only £2,761.
1973 JPS Lotus Europa
Photo by Kate Tompkins


With a 1,558 cc in-line 4, this mid-engined car could do 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 120 mph. While that sounds slow by today’s standards, it was more than respectable at the time. Don’t think I’ll be putting one in the virtual garage, though. I’ve never liked the rear end on the classic Lotus—too boxy for me and doesn’t mesh with the front. Obviously others think differently.

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