1973 Lotus Europa Special 2 Door Coupe.
Low Retail $7,075. Average Retail $14,150. High Retail $29,900.From http://www.nadaguides.com/Classic-Cars/1973/Lotus/Europa/Special-2-Door-Coupe/Values
The first ever John Player Special commemorative motor vehicles. The "Special" name and color scheme was planned to be dropped after the first 200 cars, reverting to the Twin Cam name, but such was the reaction to the new car that the name and pin stripe scheme remained until the end of Europa Production although colors other than black were made available. In the end only the numbered plaque distinguishing the first 200 JPS cars from other black Europa Specials. In total 4710 Type 74's were produced of which 3130 were "Specials". (According to Lotus sources, no Special left the factory with "numbered JPS badges" or "JPS stickers" - these were added by the American importer & weren't official done by Lotus. There were no "badged" cars sold in the UK, Australia, etc just the USA).
1974 Lotus Europa Special 2 Door Coupe.
$7,075 $14,150 $29,900
Same for 1974, http://www.nadaguides.com/Classic-Cars/1974/Lotus/Europa/Special-2-Door-Coupe/Values
The difference between a JPS and a Europa Special? Absolutely none (Fred laughs), just the little numbered badge on the dash (applied at the factory)! That-was-it!Build years: "...all built in 1973. Any '74 were probably titled that way because car sat too long in the showroom". http://www.lotus-europa.com/jps.html
Here is a 1974 Lotus Europa Special For Sale for $46,960.
Here are 3 more:
1974 Lotus Europa Special 5 Speed For Sale for $60,586.
JPS Lotus Europa 5 Speed Special.
1974 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special For Sale, $ 52,944
1973 Lotus Europa Special Racecar Deposit taken, $ 13,028
Dear Heavy Chevy
Many thanks for your reply. From your response I understand that the pricing shown on the pricing schedule relates to all JPS versions. The model that we have was one of the first 1 of 100 shipped to North America in 1972 and has the decal # XXXXX the dashboard. Can you please advise how this effects the price over that of the subsequent"mass production" units?
Shipped to the US in 1972? When in 1972? Isn't that still a 1973? I thought I just read and posted here that and I quote, "all built in 1973."
Am not certain of shipping date but understand that the first vehicles were issued in Sept 1972. I presume it was sold in North America in either late 1972 or 1973. It is, however, one of the first 100 shipped as confirmed by the dashboard decal.
Well, I don't know about Great Britain, but I believe in the United States the next years models are manufactured starting in September of the previous year and According to Lotus sources, no Special left the factory with "numbered JPS badges" or "JPS stickers" - these were added by the American importer & weren't official done by Lotus. There were no "badged" cars sold in the UK, Australia, etc just the USA.
I believe that one website actually had someone who claims to have number 40 out of that first 100. Perhaps follow or send him an email, asking what his is worth. Yours I assume should be worth more that his, granted that it's in the same shape.
1973 Lotus Europa JPS # XXXXX FOUND!