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1965 Lotus Europa John Player Special

Lotus Europa John Player Special

Lotus Europa John Player Special

Introduced in September 1972, the first 100 Big Valve cars were special. To honour Team Lotus’s victory in the 1972 and 1973 F1 World Championships, John Player Special (JPS) was released to commemorate the success. The cars were number-badged (numbered JPS dashboard badge) and painted black with gold pinstripes to honour that 1972 F1 World Championship title. 

All cars had five-speed gearbox , becoming the first ever John Player Special commemorative motor vehicles. The “Special” name and colour scheme was planned to be dropped after the first 200 cars, reverting to the Twin Cam name, but such was the positive reaction to the new car that the name and pin stripe scheme remained until the end of Europa production although colours other than black were made available.

In the end the numbered plaque distinguished the first, original, 100 JPS cars from other black Europa Specials. The JPS was one of the very last Europa models released before production ceased altogether.


Specs & Performance

submitted by Richard Owen
price $ $7290
engine Type 74 Inline-4
position Mid Longitudinal
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement 1558 cc / 95.1 in³
bore 82.6 mm / 3.25 in
stroke 72.6 mm / 2.86 in
compression 10.3:1
power 94.0 kw / 126 bhp
specific output 80.87 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 170.27 bhp per tonne
body / frame Fiberglass over Steel Tub
driven wheels RWD
f brake size mm / in
r brake size mm / in
curb weight 740 kg / 1631 lbs
transmission Type 352 Renault 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
top speed ~197.9 kph / 123 mph
0 – 60 mph ~7.0 seconds



1974 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special 74/3814R – sold for $33,000. Groundbreaking Mid-Engine Sports Car. Big Valve Version of the Famed Lotus-Ford Twin-Cam Motor. Impressively Original, Low-Mileage Example. Accompanied by Books, Records, and Period Sales Brochures. The Ultimate Evolution of the Lotus Europa. Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions 2015 by Gooding & Company