“The Lotus Europa is an absolute gas, as a 4,000 dollar toy, for two slim enthusiasts to take out for an hour’s blasting around on a Sunday afternoon. But as a generally worthwhile, functional piece of transportation, it is a total wash-out. . . . But . . . the dim-bulbs are gonna buy a million of ’em because Road & Track will love it”—David E. Davis, Jnr., reporting on how Colin Chapman “with some French help builds the World’s greatest automotive put-on”.