I'm sure RPM knows Ferrari well, but it appears that Lotus may be a bit outside of their expertise.
I don't mean to tear into them; this is just meant for fun: http://www.rpmvt.com/Lotus.html
- that is not a JPS (special edition) Europa
- there is no Renault 16 valve engine that is stock for a Lotus
- some people put Fuego engines in Europas; those might have 16 valves, but they are not rare.
- the 16 valve aluminum engine in the bottom photo looks like a Lotus Type 907 engine, which is also not rare (over 17,000 made), probably doesn't fit in a Europa at all, and if it does, no one has ever done that conversion. Simply, it does not belong with that car.
- the Lotus Twin Cam head that mates to the Ford block (presumably the iron block in the description) is not really that rare, either; most if not all federal Twin Cam Europas had the Big Valve head, as did a percentage of Elans.
A 365 BB or a 206 GT is rare. They made a few hundred. Everything pictured in the Lotus ad was produced in five-digit numbers -- rare by Chevrolet or Ford standards, but not by collectible European car standards!
I'd be more careful with throwing the word 'rare' around!
I don't mean to take away from their Ferrari credibility, but one should not advertise what one is not sure of, and reciting what the previous seller said (which I'm guessing is the case with the Lotus) is not usually the smartest way to advertise a project car you don't want to work on.
The car would be better advertised as:
Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special (year)
State whether 4-speed or 5-speed (5-speed worth more)
Note it has the Big Valve head
Engine disassembled, engine and trans out of car, project car.
(at least dust the car off for the photos)
And a separate ad should be placed for:
Lotus Type 907 Engine (I'm pretty sure that's a 907 tipped on its side)
State the serial number
manifold for Zenith-Stromberg carburetors
(photograph of engine right side up)