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LOTUS GS EUROPA any info

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I recall as a very young car enthusiast, visiting on a few occasions, a tiny Lotus garage at Warmley on the outskirts of Bristol called GS cars. Who with the approval of Colin Chapman rebodied the Europa with a sleek new design designated the Lotus GS Europa.

Having looked through the forum, I can't find any reference to the model, so Googled and found these photos.

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The accompanying text states that 17 GS Europa were built, but only 5 still exist, making this a very rare car, I'd be interested if anyone has further info on what was quite a stunning car of its day.

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There have been a few articles in old Club Lotus magazines over the years. Not certain but I think Malcom Ricketts (and his son?) owned/owns one.

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Definitely seen one at Malcolm Rickett’s gaff. From 2016  - 

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Allegedly designed by William Towns, definitely got a bit of Merak and Tasmin about it.

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Looks the same as the one Banks Europa restored around the same time as my Twin Cam, which would be 1991 - 93 approx. Same colour and the registration looks familiar, although all the GS cars could have similar reg nos if done by GS?? I don't think it belonged to Mr Ricketts at that time however.

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Not as nice as the Europa imo,  nice design though, just does not float my boat like the factory body :)

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4 hours ago, silverfrost said:

Not as nice as the Europa imo,  nice design though, just does not float my boat like the factory body :)

I have to say those "bars" at the rear are the worse design I think I've ever seen I'm afraid. :thumbdown:

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