The Target: 1969 Lotus Europa Series 2.
Spotted: San Jose, Calif. March 3, 2012.
Significance: “Simplify, then add lightness.” That was the oft-stated automotive design philosophy of Lotus founder Colin Chapman. The Europa embodied that mantra.
This example, one of 9,300 reportedly produced, is still delivering thrills to longtime owner Steve Nelson. More concerned about the view from the driver’s seat, the San Jose resident hasn’t bothered to give his Europa a fresh coat of paint and affectionately refers to it as the “Rat Ropa.”
For more information on Nelson’s one-of-a-kind ride, visit www.ratropa.com.