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1965 LOLA

T70 MkII Spyder

Chassis Nº: SL71/19

Unveiled at the 1965 Racing Car Show in London, the Lola T70 was designed by Graham Broadley using experience gained from working on cars like the 1956 Broadley Special, the 1963 Lola GT and the infamous Ford GT40. It is unclear exactly how many examples were made altogether, though at least 100 appear to have left the factory, 51 are known to still exist today. Moreover, such is the demand for these handsome cars in historic racing that Lola laid down a further seven FIA recognised chassis in 2007/2008.

Chassis number SL71/19 was delivered new to Tony Sargeant under the banner of Racing Partnerships (Jersey) Ltd in December 1965 for the trio of Sargeant, Hugh Dibley and Mac Daghorn to campaign the following season. The intention was to take in Group 9 and other races in the UK and the new Can-Am series in America. At this stage the car was red and generally ran with the number 53.

The Lola’s impressive results for 1966 came amidst grids populated by the likes of Chris Amom, Mike Parkes, Brian Redman, David Piper, Denny Hulme, Bruce Mclaren, John Surtees, Richard Attwood, Jacky Ickx, Innes Ireland, Peter Gethin, Frank Gardener and Graham Hill.

The car is currently being recommissioned by us ready to race in 2016.

Gallery

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1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER 8

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER 8

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER 7

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER 7

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER 6

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER 6

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER 5

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER 5

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER 4

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER 4

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER 3

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER 3

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER 2

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER 2

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER

1965 LOLA T70 MKII SPYDER

Technical Specifications

Engine: 5.4 litre Chevrolet V8 Overhead valve pushrod

Transmission: Hewland LG500 4 speed, Hewland differential

Suspension (front): Double wishbone front with coil over, Top link wishbone with radius arm

Braking: Girling hydraulic

Race History

FROM 1966/1967

Date: 10.4.1966

Race: SCOTT BROWN MEMORIAL SNETTERTON

Driver: TONY SARGEANT

Result: DNF

Date: 11.4.1966

Race: MALLORY PARK (FORMULA LIBRE)

Driver: TONY SARGEANT

Result: 1ST

Date: 29.4.1966

Race: TOURIST TROPHY

Driver: HUGH DIBLEY

Result: UNKNOWN

Date: 18.6.1966

Race: RUFFORTH (FORMULA LIBRE)

Driver: TONY SARGEANT

Result: 3RD

Date: 9.7.1966

Race: MARTINI TROPHY SILVERSTONE

Driver: HUGH DIBLEY

Result: 4TH

Date: 16.7.1966

Race: GP BRANDS HATCH

Driver: HUGH DIBLEY

Result: 1ST

Date: 23.7.1966

Race: PHOENIX PARK

Driver: TONY SARGEANT

Result: DNF

Date: 30.7.1966

Race: SNETTERTON

Driver: TONY SARGEANT

Result: 1ST

Date: 6.8.1966

Race: NORBURY TROPHY CRYSTAL PALACE

Driver: MAC DAGHORN

Result: 1ST

Date: 14.8.1966

Race: WILLS TROPHY CROFT

Driver: HUGH DIBLEY

Result: 2ND

Date: 14.8.1966

Race: CROFT (FORMULA LIBRE)

Driver: TONY SARGEANT

Result: 1ST

Date: 21.8.1966

Race: CASTLE COOMBE

Driver: HUGH DIBLEY

Result: 5TH

Date: 28.8.1966

Race: GUARDS TROPHY BRANDS HATCH

Driver: HUGH DIBLEY

Result: DNF

Date: 11.9.1966

Race: CAN-AM ST. JOVITE

Driver: HUGH DIBLEY

Result: DNS

The 1966 season did not end on a high note however. Indeed it ended abruptly on September 11th, when Dibley was seeking to qualify the car at St Jovite, Canada – the venue for the first ever Can-Am race. While cresting a rise, the car flipped onto its back. Dibley emerged relatively unscathed, but the car was to take no further part in the event, or indeed in the Championship.

The crashed Lola was towed from Canada to Florida where it is believed to have lain untouched until purchased by renown Lola restorer Mac McClendon in 1975. Another long period of inactivity followed, until Norwegian enthusiast Fred Larsen commissioned McClendon to restore the car for him. It was at this point that SL71/19 was re-borne in ‘as-new’ condition, fitted with a 1963 5.7 L:itre Chevrolet engine and finished in its dark green colour scheme. The Lola was then repatriated and re-united by its original owner who then sold it onto the current owner.