1971 Lotus Europa EV
Colin Chapman in the Lotus Elan launched in 1962. Earliest versions of the Europa had the body fully bonded to the chassis for maximum structural stiffness, however this was soon changed to a bolted-on body to allow normal chassis and body repairs to be made. The Europa Series 2, or Lotus Type 54, was introduced in April 1968. The S2 used the same 1,470 cc Renault engine and mechanical components as the earlier Series 1, but added a number of key refinements including opening electric windows, adjustable seats, a new fully carpeted interior and a polished wooden fascia panel for the dashboard.
And this Europa happens to be converted to ELECTRIC!
A complete frame up restoration was performed on the Lotus Europa Series 2 before converting it to an EV. The car has an Impulse 9 motor with a Curtis 1231C-8601 Controller It also has a DC to DC converter (high voltage to 12V the handle all the low voltage stuff, like the lights). Also has a Zivan ng3 battery charger. The goal of the restoration was to retain as much of the original Europa as possible. A new wood dash was installed using the original tach and speedo while replacing smaller gauges with updated smaller gauges but we do have the originals. Even the original Renault 4 speed transmission was retains and is fully functional. The car was used by the owners wife for nearly 5 years before replacing with with a Tesla. The lead batteries are currently in need of replacement so the new owner will need to decide to replace these in kind or upgrading to lithium batteries which would render the vehicle much lighter and provide longer driving ranges. Returning this Europa to a gas powered example using an original Renault motor or an alternate modern power plant is also an option. Please contact us for more details!
Northshore Sportscars is an Authorized Morgan Dealer offering new and pre-owned models. We also offer a handpicked selection of classic British and European Sports cars for sale including Alfa Romeo, Austin Healey, Jaguar, MG, Mercedes, Morgan, Lotus, Triumph, and Porsche for all budgets. Our service center provides repair and parts for a wide array for makes and models. View these quality vehicles online or at our indoor showroom located in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Same location for over 25 years! Please contact us at 847-247-0447 and we would be happy to assist you. See more of Northshore Sportscars on Facebook & Instagram.