History of car:
My Lotus Europa (actually a "Europe") was built by Lotus in England in 1968. Here is the Lotus works ledger where the factory entered the notice of completion along with some additional details of what would become my car thirty two years later:
When it was new, this Lotus was delivered to Bohus, Switzerland. The chassis number was (is) 0712, the engine number was 0766 and the build was completed on June 26, 1968.
Previous Owners of 0712
First owner? Robert Madoerin
Oct 15, 1976 Ulrich Bebler
Oct 10, 1977 Bruno Bartl
Jun 26, 1979 Michael Rutschmann
Oct 30, 1990 Susanna Turke-Schmid
Dec 5, 1998 Reto Lang
Aug 30, 2001 Me!!!!
(If you know any of these people, please tell them about this page. I would enjoy speaking to them about the car & it's history.)
Currently 0712 is Black with black and tan (oatmeal) interior.
The tires are BFG R1 SCCA SRF.
Minilite aluminum wheels, powder coated in Yellow
Front Shocks are AVO. Springs are about 240#. New in Jan 2002.
Rear Shocks are AVO. Springs are about 140#. New in Jan of 2002.
The steering wheel is a Grant signature series with Spitfire hub.
Then engine is a Renault 807 cross flow motor often referred to as a Gordini motor.
A few of the highlights of this engine are:
Pressure injected aluminum cylinder block and head
Very light weight (engine block=26 lbs)
Carb's are dual side draft Weber 40DCOE's
Header is 4-into-1 stainless steel
Hemispherical combustion chambers w/9.5:1 compression ratio
Steel flywheel with stock clutch
Renault 336 4-speed transaxle (weighing only 68lb)
Total weight of 0712: 1455
44% Front / 56% Rear
0712 has been registered with FIVA since 1997 (European Vintage Assotiation)
In 1996(?) 0712 competed in the Historic Monte Carlo Rally