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European Championship for sportscars appeared for the first time in 1970 when small two-litre prototypes became very popular. The field that originally consisted of mainly Lolas and Chevrons became later very interesting and large variety of makes and types was a standard. Many well known European drivers took part in the championship but after fuel crisis in 1974 the championship unfortunately disappeared after only two races of 1975 season.
Second time official European Sportscar Championship appeared again was in 1978 when FIA downgraded ill-fated World Championship after only two years of its existence. For 1979 the new European series disappeared too, merging most of its entries with Interserie and Italian Group 6 Championship. Since 1979 prototypes were at least allowed to take part in European rounds of the World Championship of Makes but without any possibility to earn points.
The third and so far the last period of European Sportscar championship organised by FIA was in 1983 when European Endurance Championship for group C prototypes was established and was formed from European rounds of the World Endurance Championship and former Endurance races for Drivers only. Next year FISA decided not to continue this championship despite originally released preliminary calendar for 1984 season but then rather included non championship Euroepean races as part of Driver's Championship only again. This was not changed until 1987 since when all rounds of Sports-Prototype Championship were counted to both Manufacturers (by that time in fact Entrants) Championship and Drivers Championship titles.
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