Lotus Europa barn find restoration

I have this list of attainable vintage sports cars that I like to think I’ll be able to buy as mid-life crisis project, and the Lotus Europa is firmly planted on that list. Every time I see an article or post about these cars, I can’t help but read every word and obsess over every picture. But the owner of this particular Lotus, Serge, is no where near middle age. In fact he’s still a dental student, yet he’s attacking this restoration from the ground up all on his own. His Europa is a special one, being the oldest chassis in existence (Chassis number 2 – #460002) that he’s slowly restoring back to as-new condition. Serge not only documents the whole process on his blog, but also starts a YouTube channel with periodic videos of the work he does. These videos are some of the most informative that I’ve ever seen, he really goes into full detail about what he’s doing, how he’s doing it, and why he’s doing it.

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11 thoughts on “Lotus Europa barn find restoration”

  1. You’ve broken his website now!

    “Bandwidth Limit Exceeded

    The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.”

  2. Yeah i’d tried several times. this Looks very interresting.. too bad the build-thread’s on a Server with bandwidth Limit. You broke the Internet, haha 🙂

  3. Hi guys,

    Thanks for the response, but you really broke my website! I’m on the lookout for a different hosting plan for the blog so you can actually visit it!


  4. Serge,
    first a little bit of background:
    In 1972 i bought a Lotus 1969 EuropE in Montreal, Canada.
    I think it was initially bought in Germany, that is why it was an “E Europa, because it could not be called a EUROPA , VW had the right to that name.
    It was exported to Canada.
    in 1991 it was exported to Denmark as a present to my brother on his 50ish birthday.
    He build a brand new chassis exactly like the original one, did many modifications installed a twin spark Alfa Romeo engine but ran out of energy before he could finish it; it is now in the hands of his son who have committed to a 2 year project to finish it.
    I have read-and passed on to my brother and his son-most of your blogs, it is fantastic what you are doing, i am so impressed.
    One thing, out of many, that was poorly executed (next in ranking after the door hinges) was the gear selector.
    Do you have an episode on how to improve the shifter?
    looking forward to hearing from you.
    Bent Voetmann

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