1972 Lotus Europa 'Banks'

Lot: 218

Sold for (£): Unsold
Offered for sale is a 1.6L 1972 Lotus Europa Banks manual that has been with the current owner for the last 7 years. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores an impressive 108 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

Bespoke recreation of the iconic little Lotus by Europa Engineering...

  • Built by Richard Winter, MD of Banks, and fitted with a 2.0 Vauxhall 'Red Top' Twin-Cam
  • Fitted with a new chassis, professionally painted, and fully prepared for Fast Road/Track-day use
  • 5 previous owners. Purchased by our vendor in May 2012 for circuit use but never used in anger
  • Regularly serviced by our vendor and has only done a very limited mileage in his ownership
  • Lots of receipts from Banks, Spyder, etc for the parts from the build in 2010 and beyond
  • Attractively finished in Imperial Blue. Tax and MOT exempt. Lots of fun on a sensible budget



Lot Details

Registration: YVW 67L RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1972 Engine size: 1.6L
Make: Lotus Odometer reading (miles): 2200
Model: Europa Banks MOT expiry: 2020-02-25
Warranted: No Chassis number: 72091827P

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 108 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


Repainted in Imperial Blue. The windows on the side are fixed polycarbonate.


Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:


New Black carpets with oatmeal trim which matches the original oatmeal trim. Removable steering wheel 13” diameter, Sparco 4-point harness (driver's seat), Meta alarm immobiliser system fitted, GPS speedo. Push-button start and a cigarette socket for the sat nav.


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


 The engine is now a 2-litre Vauxhall Red top twin-cam built by Richard Winter the MD of Banks. It's attached to a 5-speed F20 gearbox installed in the Banks chassis in a transverse configuration. fuel injected through Jenvey throttle bodies and Pipercross filtration. Automatic auxiliary electric fan with manual override fitted and an electric water pump. Stainless steel exhaust.

I believe the engine was giving out over 250 bhp at the wheels. (I have not seen the test results but rest assured that it is extremely fast and I have seen a genuine 140 mph based on the GPS speedo.) The engine redlines at 9000 rpm.


Gears: Drive-shaft:


5-speed F20 gearbox

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


Spax shocks with lowered coil overs all round. Disc brakes all round ventilated at the front.  14-inch Minilite polished rim black wheels shod with Advan A 008 185/55/14 tyres. Electric handbrake.    OSR gaiter boot worn, slight weep from the steering bellows ( Probably as a result of overfill when I last serviced it!).


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Vehicle History

About the Condition Report

A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review its condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history