You'll buy a Europa with your heart rather than your head, but bear in mind that for this sort of money you can buy some pretty exotic metal including an Audi TT or a BMW Z4 Coupe. Both are likely to hang on to more of their value than the Europa. Fuel returns of 28.8mpg are reasonable, but make the most of the performance and you'll need to fill up every 100 miles.
Lotus Europa Coupe quality & reliability
Although the Europa's interior is decked out in leather, some of the stitching meanders around the cabin in almost comical fashion, while much of the trim and seals have a fit-where-they-touch quality. To their credit, Lotus cars are well engineered with a sound record for mechanical reliability.
Lotus Europa Coupe safety & security
Other than an immobiliser, the Europa is seriously lacking in security kit. Anti-lock brakes are standard fit and there are front airbags for the driver and passenger but there are no side airbags, let alone curtain 'bags. That said, the Europa's extremely strong chassis is built with racing crashes in mind.