1969 Lola-Chevrolet T70 MkIIIB
The 1969 Lola-Chevrolet T70 MkIIIB at Wren Classics can trace its roots back to the Team Elite car in which Trevor Taylor won the Tourist Trophy at Oulton Park in the year of its manufacture. In more recent times, it has been raced at the Le Mans Classic and in Peter Auto’s Classic Endurance Racing series.
T70 MkIIIB, chassis SL76/144, has been looked after by the Shaftesbury-based historic racing specialist for much of the past five seasons while in the hands of two different owners. In that time it has undergone a full monocoque rebuild by Lola specialist Clive Robinson, who Wren’s Steve Farthing describes as “the go-to man for T70 chassis”.
“The tub was stripped in 2017 and built back up using as many of the original components as possible,” says Farthing. “That’s important when working on a genuine car like this.”
The Lola underwent a further refresh ahead of a limited 2019 campaign. Time-sensitive parts were renewed, and the 5-litre Chevy V8 and the Hewland gearbox were rebuilt.
SL76/144 has an intriguing history. Team Elite, a group of racing enthusiasts from Derbyshire, sold the car to Midlands entrant Sid Taylor, with whom it finished its contemporary career as a result of an accident at the 1970 BOAC 1000 at Brands Hatch. It was subsequently rebuilt for a role in the 1971 Steve McQueen movie Le Mans.
Farthing describes the Lola as “a lovely car with a recognised lineage that’s ready to go”. The price is £795,000.
Wren Classics, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Tel: 01747 852899, wrenclassics.com
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