1965 Lola T70 MkI Spyder - chassis SL70/3

1965 Lola T70 MkI Spyder - chassis SL70/3

1965 Lola T70 MkI Spyder - chassis SL70/3


SL70/3 was the first actual T70 to be completed and was finished just in time to make its public debut at the end of January 1965, at the London Racing Car Show held at the Olympia Exhibitions Halls. Painted dark blue with a white centre stripe, the car was the star of the show.

After the show, the car was sold and invoiced to John Mecom on the 11th March then flown out by air arriving at Houston on the morning of the 13th. This was the first T70 exported to the USA.

On arrival in America, SL70/3 was re-sprayed in the metallic blue and white racing colours of the Mecom Racing Team and promptly entered into the Sebring 12 Hours. The week before the 12 hours, SL70/3 was taken to Sebring for initial shakedown and pre-event checks, where it ran well.

The car's racing debut therefore came at the 1965 Sebring 12 Hours, where, driven by John Cannon and Jack Saunders, the car unfortunately retired when an oil cooler broke. At Pensacola for the frist round of the 1965 USRRC in early April, Walt Hansgen put the car on pole, however, he retired after twelve laps. In early May, at Riverside, Hansgen qualified third but was forced to use Mecom's new mid-engined Scarab after a cracked block on the engine. At Laguna Seca, Hansgen retired again, this time after only eleven laps and then didn't show up at Bridgehampton because he was busy trying to qualify for the Indy 500. At the beginning of June, during qualifying for the Players 200 at Mosport, Hansgen had a sizable shunt, leaving the car with considerable damage.

The damaged car was sold to Charlie Hayes, who repaired and restored the car before selling it on to Mac McClendon in 1973. He kept the car for the next thirty-four years, carrying out another restoration in 2007. Mac sold the car, through John Starkey, to European collector and race driver Marc Devis. In early 2011, the car was sold into the Rofgo Collection and finally onto the current owner in 2016.

Freshly race prepared by Rofgo Racing, with current FIA papers, newly inspected tanks, and only one test since a crack test, chassis SL70/3 is ready to run all over Europe with Patrick Peter's CER or indeed win the Whitsun Trophy at the Revival.