A 1965 Lola T70 MK1 Spyder, one of few built by the marque and a rare example raced with Ford V8 power, is now live on the Collecting Cars online auction platform. Global bidding runs through June 23.
After debuting at Silverstone in 1965, this Lola completed in multiple races under the ownership of David Good, including the Guards International Trophy at Brands Hatch where it was driven by Roy Pierpoint. Period film exists from this event and shows the car in action.
The car was then taken to South Africa for the Sunset Series, competing in the 1965 Kyalami 9 Hour.
Early in 1966, the Lola was used as a camera car for the filming of Steve McQueen’s unfinished F1 movie “Day of the Champion”, driven by Sir Stirling Moss, Sir John Whitmore and, it is reported, by McQueen himself at the Nürburgring. Footage of the car can be seen in the recently released documentary “Steve McQueen: The Lost Movie”.
In 1967, it was acquired by South African racer and constructor Doug Serrurier, and went on to compete extensively there, with multiple entries in the Kyalami 9 Hour.
The rare Lola is powered by a period-correct 4.7-litre V8 built by Dick Savy, which has only been run for dynamometer tuning since being rebuilt. The engine is based on a Ford 289 block and heads and is paired with a Hewland LG500 four-speed manual transmission (Serial #LG500-26) that is similarly low use.
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