This article is from the Lotus Cars FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org (Alan F. Perry) with numerous contributions by others.
From Ken Landaiche (email@example.com):
The frame is rusted around the front suspension mounts (worries
me sometimes). The car started its US sojourn in Rhode Island.
The bracket that holds the exhaust fan to the radiator has
cracked (during a track day at Sears Point). The fan thermostat
died and was replaced with a switch by Mr PO (Previous Owner).
The front edge of both seat frames cracked, dropping the seat a
little and giving me some headroom. When I repaired them, I
didn't fit anymore.
The brake vacuum boosters died and disappeared in the car's early
history. I would prefer to have them today.
(That reminds me of a potentially important theme in buying an
Europa: many of them have been raced, which is OK, but the
repairs may not be what you want to live with.)
The California emissions control pipes and what-not have been
removed. This has never been a problem for me though, in getting
The carburettor air cleaner assembly is gone. I still haven't
found something that easily fits.
Perhaps the worst problem is that if anything is missing from
the car, it will be so unique that it will be hard or expensive