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    LOTUS EUROPA SPECIAL
    Year of manufacture 1972
    Recorded mileage 83,100
    Asking price £24,995
    Vendor Sussex Sports Cars, Lewes,
    East Sussex; tel: 01273 477778; www.sussexsportscars.co.uk

    WHEN IT WAS NEW #1972 #Lotus-Europa / #Lotus / #Lotus-Europa-Special /
    Price £1996 (1971)
    Max power 126bhp
    Max torque 113lb ft
    0-60mph 7 secs
    Top speed 123mph
    Mpg 30

    This possibly isn’t an original JPS (the livery remained an option after the first 100 commemorative cars were made), but it wears the paint scheme well. The cabin has been retrimmed in leather the same colour as the original oatmeal vinyl and velour, and the BigValve motor was overhauled by Terry Hoyle at a cost of £4000. The previous owner kept a record of all the detailed fettling he carried out from 2006, too. Prior to that, there are lots of bills from Banks Service Station and from Paul Matty Sports Cars. The Europa was rebuilt at some point on a new galvanised chassis, which is still excellent where you can see it. The paint is fine, with no stars or chips in the gel coat. Chrome is mostly good, bar the ’screen trim fading a bit. The alloys are unscuffed, shod with Goodyear NCTs having plenty of tread, though they date from 2002. There’s an older SP7 on a steel as the spare.

    Inside, the hide is taking on wear and colour, and there’s a battery cut off switch on the bulkhead. The dash wood is smart, with no cracks in the veneer, and there’s a digital odometer indicating a replacement speedo. The engine bay is tidy, and there’s even a Big Valve cam cover – and both of the lid stays remain in place. The bill from 1998 includes £600 for a steel (EN19) crank, so the owner was pretty serious. Its coolant is a good level in the custom swirl pot/header tank, with oil mid-brown at ‘Max’.

    It takes a few goes to start, having stood, and idles in that typically lumpy Twin Cam way, but, once the misfire clears, it spins sweetly to the 6000rpm orange zone, and no doubt some way beyond. This unit has L1 cams that give power to 7500rpm, so it’s probably putting out at least 130bhp. The chassis is sublime: supple, taut and as responsive as a wired cat – probably due to the amount of care that was lavished on it. The gearchange is unusually slick, plus the brakes have easily enough feel and power to bring the front rubber controllably to the point of squealing. Oil pressure is 55psi warm, water temp a reliable 90ºC. The MoT runs to mid-April.

    SUMMARY
    EXTERIOR No stars or chips; nice paint; windscreen trim has dulled
    INTERIOR Leather just taking on character
    MECHANICALS All new or fettled not long ago

    VALUE 5 stars of 8
    For Well kept; drives beautifully
    Against Getting in and out

    SHOULD I BUYIT?

    This is an exceptionally well-sorted Europa at less money but at least as good as a ‘real’ JPS edition. If that’s too grey an area, you could always peel off the pinstripes…
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    The most elegant motor car in the world

    / #Mercedes-Benz-W189-Adenauer / #Mercedes-Benz-W189 / #Mercedes-Benz / #Mercedes-Benz-Adenauer / #Mercedes-Benz / #Mercedes / #1961 / #Mercedes-Benz-300d-W189-Adenauer / #Mercedes-Benz-300d-W189 / #Mercedes-Benz-300d / #Mercedes-Benz-300d-Automatic-W189 / #Mercedes-Benz-300d-Automatic

    AUTOMATIC WITH FUEL INJECTION ENGINE

    Generous space and luxurious seats are an invitation to the most comfortable travel imaginable. Arm rests, ash trays and huge door pockets aid passenger comfort and convenience. A glass partition for chauffeur-driven cars can be fitted on request.

    The Mercedes-Benz 300d is the pinnacle of achievement in the art of manufacturing automobiles. The only support for the roof is provided by slender pillars of great strength, front and rear, and the four large windows lower completely out of sight, allowing an unprecedented panorama, and bestowing the 300d with a distinctive, regal appearance unmatched by any car on the road. Automatic transmission and the renowned Mercedes-Benz fuel injection engine, complemented by thoroughbred handling qualities, enable the 300d to convey its passengers in town carriage luxury or with surprising verve on cross-country touring.
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    Vibrant Strawberry Red W189 comes with a wealth of paperwork, and is up for £49,950

    Teutonic technicolour / #Mercedes-Benz-W189-Adenauer / #Mercedes-Benz-W189 / #Mercedes-Benz / #Mercedes-Benz-Adenauer / #Mercedes-Benz / #Mercedes / #1961 / #Mercedes-Benz-300d-W189-Adenauer / #Mercedes-Benz-300d-W189 / #Mercedes-Benz-300d /

    Mention the #Mercedes-Benz #W189#Adenauer ’ and, chances are, the image that most people will conjure in their mind is that of black-painted cars whisking highranking West German diplomats around the sombre and gritty streets of 1950s Berlin. Cold War tension and the Mercedes 300 are somehow inseparable, so it’s astonishing to discover that one of the colours offered by the factory was the decidedly avantgarde Strawberry Red. A rather vivid shade of magenta that presaged the late-1960s/early-’70s vogue for wacky colours, it was aimed predominantly at the lucrative American market.

    The likelihood of encountering one of these imposing saloons today in such an unorthodox hue must be fairly scant, but, if you appreciate bold colours, Aston Workshop is currently offering this superb example. Supplied new to a wealthy Canadian family and featuring a cream interior, being a 300d it features a wheelbase that has been stretched by 4in, plus a pillarless body and #Bosch mechanical fuel injection.
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    Mercedes-Benz Type 300 Adenauer Open

    Mercedes-Benz Type 300 chassis codes W186, W188, and W189 - 1951 - 1962

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