1966 Lola T70

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1966
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Country VAT 
    FR
  • Lot number 
    97
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Yellow
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Competition vehicle
FIA Passport
Chassis n°SL 71/29

- Superbly restored
- An emblematic endurance racing car and CAN AM from the 1960s
- Brilliant design, by Eric Broadley

The Lola T70 Mk II roadster that we are offering was delivered new on June 3, 1966 to John Mecom, the distributor for Lola Cars in the United States, who sold to Robert "Bobby" Brown, a privateer who was a regular in the American championships. On September 18, 1966, Brown hired the car for the second round of the Can-Am championship, at the Bridgehampton circuit. With the number 00, he managed to get the second best time in qualifying and, at the end of the race, finished in 13th place. A week later, he was on the Mosport circuit for the third race of the championship, crossing the line in 8th place, a very good performance for an independent driver. At the time, the races had stalwarts such as John Surtees (Can-Am 1966 champion), Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill and Mark Donohue.
After its brief career, after the beginnings of a fire had damaged the car, it was stored and sold to Lilo Zicron of Toluca Lake Historics, who completely rebuilt the car to its original configuration. Since then, the car has participated in several historic races in 2009 and 2010 (Laguna Seca, Phoenix, Daytona, Road Atlanta, Willow Springs, Chicago, Road America in particular). At the Daytona race, tye car finished 3rd overall and 1st in its class.
Today, the car is powered by a Chevrolet 350 ci (5932cc) engine, a Hewland LG 500 Mk I / 72 original five-speed gearbox, four Weber 48 Inglese carburetors on a Brandford Induction (special Can-Am) manifold, , a Moroso rev counter, Smiths instruments and convex Raydot mirrors. A full ignition ASD (igniter/casing) has been installed and the oil cooler, with its special shape, has been preserved.
It is shod with Avon tires and is equipped with a stainless steel silencer. After arriving in France, the front hood was modified for night endurance races with the addition of headlamps and the car's metallic blue livery was changed into yellow and black. The car comes with a booklet of adjustments and a file full of invoices that reflects the restoration work. It has its FIA historical passport. In 2014, this car took part in three Classic Endurance Racing events, at Mugello, Spa and Dijon. A very fast car, very well built and in beautiful condition