1969 Lola T

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1969
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    96
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Yellow
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Competition car
FIA Papers
Chassis n° SL76/142

- High quality restoration
- Ready to race following general checks
- Car capable of overall victory

The car presented was sold on 5 February 1969 to James Nicoll Cuthbert, for the sum of £7450, which included factory assistance. He arranged for the talented Australian driver, Paul Hawkins, who had already recorded some very quick times in a T70, to race it. Hawkins began his career in Australia and came to the UK in 1960 to try his luck first with Austin Healey, then in Formula Junior for Ian Walker and John Willment. As an independent driver, " Hawkeye " was soon being courted by the top teams. He won the Targa Florio in 1967 for Porsche, the 1968 Monza 1000 km for John Wyer, multipile races in a GT40 for Ford and Holman & Moody, and participated six times in the 24 Hour race at Le Mans. He also exercised his talent in Formula 1, driving a Brabham and a Lotus. He and Alberto Ascari are the only drivers to have crashed into the harbour at Monaco (in a Lotus 33) during a Grand Prix !
In the colours of the Filipinetti team, this stunning Lola while red and white took part in preliminary testing for the 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours and recorded the 3rd fastest time, 4.5 seconds behind the works Porsche 917 Long Tail of Rolf Stommelen and just 2.7 seconds behind the Matra MS 630/650 of Johnny Servoz Gavin, Henri Pescarolo and Jean Guichet.
The 1969 season continued successfully for Paul Hawkins, at Dijon, Magny-Cours and in England (see racing provenance) until the dramatic accident in the Tourist Trophy that cost him his life in May 1969. James Nicoll Cuthbert kept the wreckage of SL76/142, with the idea of rebuilding the car. With this in mind, in 1972 he bought parts of a Lola T70 that had been damaged at Oulton Park. In the end, however, he didn't follow through with this project. In 2007, Mr Cuthbert sold to Louis Beuzieron from Toluca Lake in California, via John Starkey who had discovered that the car, then a wreck, had had been kept in Scotland. This splendid T70 underwent a total restoration before being sold to Steven Read who used the car in historic racing in the US and in 2013 Beuzieron bought it back and sold it to the current owner. The car was then red, its original colour, and fitted with Weber carburettors. The file contains the Lola factory invoice dated 5 February 1969, as well as bills for spare parts from the factory, the bill of sale between two parties, witnessed by a notary, and an attestation from John Starkey, the eminent marque historian and author of "Lola T 70 - The Racing History " published by Veloce Edition, with four editions published between 1990 and 2008, along with two other books on the marque. Starkey explains, following examination of the car, and contrary to what he wrote in his first edition, that this chassis is the original #SL76/142, and not a " continuation ", and that no other chassis exists with this number. The FIA papers from 2010 and the file contain attestations dated from 2014 of inspections made by the SIRAC using radiography, penetrant and particle testing of the wheels, steering and running gear. An invoice from STAC and an FIA certificate of conformity dated March 2015 concerning the flexible fuel tank is also in the file, along with copies of period photos and photos of the restoration. The restoration was carried out by Toluca Lake Historics in California. The car is equipped with MSD ignition, Fireline automatic extinguisher, Smiths instruments and a Jones rev counter. It has a Momo steering wheel, Sabelt harnesses and a Motorola intercom system installed in the cockpit. Koni shock absorbers and Elbach springs provide the suspension. The rear hubs are numbered 76/142 16 and 17. There is a twin-stage oil cooler and the Hewland LG600 gearbox is also cooled. The car is fitted with a TRACO 5-litre Chevrolet fuel-injection engine. The hard Avon tyres need replacing. Then, this Lola, one of just 170 examples built, all categories together, will be ready to take to the circuit and capable of putting drivers on the top step of the podium.

Lola T 70 Mk III B # SL76/142 - 1969, Paul Hawkins

Silverstone International #28 3th
Guards Trophy Snetterton #52 1st
Embassy Trophy Truxton #2 3th
6 h de Brands Hatch #1 DNF
24 h du Mans / Essais #4 3th
Magny Cours #84 2nd
Dijon #1 1st
1000 km Spa #33 8th
Martini Trophy 300 Silverstone #3 4th
Tourist Trophy #37 7th Acc