We found this sweet Europa in need of some TLC. This TwinCam, 5spd car has a nice interior but needs some mechanical work and exterior restoration. A discerning enthusiast has secured this car from us for restoration. Follow our progress below.
Lotus HQ offer a nice service that provides a detailed history of your car. We submitted the VIN and received the following certificate.
We secured a new windshield for the car so we had the old one removed. Since this car is getting a full color change, we will wait to install the new windshield until after paint.
The client fell in love with a light blue Europa back in the 70s and requested we find an appropriate color. We dug into the files and found Wedgewood Blue. The client was happy with this so we will paint her to match. I actually fell in love with an old Elite many years ago in this color so can’t wait to see it on this Europa.
We knew that this car had been repainted and with the composite body, we wanted to show the client a couple of finishing options. We took the hood and removed the paint down to the bare fiinerglass. We then applied one layer of primer and also a section with two layers of primer. The two layer solution provides the best surface for the painting and will result in a finish that approaches metal. The one layer of primer is also quite good and arguably as good as factory finishes. After the client reviewed the panel, he wisely chose the two layer process.
The guys got to work and started to remove the paint. This is done by hand. We discovered that the car has never been wrecked with no signs of repairs. That is always a relief!
We separated the body from the chassis. This also shows us the simplicity of the Europa and so many other Lotus. We have a fair amount of mechanical work that will be needed on this car. Luckily there are many good suppliers of sorted products. The client is intent on driving this car so wants proper handling and brakes.
The rear trunk lid was repaired and now looks great.
The first of two layers of primer were applied to the body. This first layer was blocked to smooth it out. We can fix minor imperfections at this step as well.
One area that we needed to repair was in the driver door hinge area. The fiberglass appeared to be getting weak in this area. We add more material and smoothed it out. Primer, sanding, some filler, more sanding and another coat of primer.
The rest of the body was also ready for the second layer of polyester primer. This will ensure the surface is as good as it can be for the paint. We will let this second layer cure for a couple of weeks before applying the Lotus Wedgwood Blue color.