1969 Lola T-70 Mark III B::
Chassis number SL76-149
Engine: Alloy Chevrolet V8. 409ci, Lucas McKay fuel injection,
700 plus bhp.
Gearbox: Hewland LG500 5-speed and reverse.
Front suspension: Unequal length A-arms, coil spring/shock
Rear suspension: Lower A-arm, top link, radius rods, coil
Brakes: Ventilated discs, four-pot calipers.
Background (courtesy www.johnstarkeycars.com):
Having designed and built the Lola GT Mark V1 in 1964, a
very pretty ground-breaking mid-engined sports-prototype,
Eric Broadley then retreated to his own company in Slough
and designed the Lola T70 Spyder in the fall of 1964.
A herculean effort by all at the tiny Lola factory resulted
in the T70 roadster being put on display at the Racing Car
Show at Earls Court, London, in January 1965 where it was
the star exhibit.
The Lola was designed to accept any of the then-current American
V8¹s, the prototype having a 4.5-liter Oldsmobile engine
in front of a Hewland LG500 gearbox which drove the rear wheels
through sliding-spline driveshafts.
World Champion John Surtees had formed Team Surtees in conjunction
with Lola cars, with the first T70 going to him. Surtees and
the Lola made a tremendous combination and proved to be very
fast in testing. In America, the Lola was quickly in demand,
cars being sold through John Mecom (the Lola
importer) to Carrol Shelby for his team, John Klug for Buck
Fulp and Bob Bondurant, Walt Hansgen for Mecom¹s own
team, Parnelli Jones, and Mario Andretti.
Eric Broadley did not rest on his laurels. By the time the
Mark One was in production, he was already designing the follow-up,
designated Type 71" although referred to
by the press as the T70 Mark two. For the Mark Two, Broadley
designed a mainly aluminum riveted and bonded chassis that
saved some one hundred pounds in weight.
In America, the T70 immediately proved itself a winner: Walt
Hansgen won at Laguna Seca and placed second at Las Vegas.
John Surtees won at Mosport in June and St. Jovite in September.
1966 really was the T70¹s year on both sides of the
Atlantic. Besides Surtees, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart
were campaigning the "works" T70s, and cars were
now in the hands of such as Denny Hulme who won six out of
seven races with Sid Taylor¹s SL71/31.
And then there was the Can Am. The money drew many competitors
to this series and the very first race saw five T70¹s
entered at St. Jovite. The final race of the Can Am series
was held at Las Vegas raceway. There Surtees blitzed the opposition
to win the race, and series, outright. He won over $50,000,
more money than could be won in the Formula One World Championship,
a reason so many top line teams contested the Can Am over
the coming years.
For 1969, Broadley produced the Mark 3B T70 coupe, a car
which had no part in common with the Mark Three but which
needed the type designation to obtain homologation as a Group
Using what was basically the lighter, stiffer and simpler
chassis of the ill-fated T160 Can Am car of the year before,
Eric Broadly penned what many regard as the most beautiful
car of its era. Low, wide and sleek, the 3B coupe once again
was the star of the racing car show in London in January 1969.
The season started off with a great result. The new coupe
won the opening round of the World Championship, the Daytona
24-Hours. Roger Penske had bought two cars and prepared one
in a great hurry for Mark Donohue and Ronnie Bucknum. Chuck
Parsons stepped in to replace Bucknum after he broke his thumb
(!) and he and Donohue won the race when all the favoured
Porsche 908s, uncharacteristically, dropped out with mechanical
failure. The Penske car ran well but spent a lot of time in
the pits with various maladies such as splitting exhaust manifolds.
Lothar Motschenbacher and Ed Leslie drove James Garner¹s
AIR Mark 3 into second place. That team¹s sister car
was also seventh.
This particular T70 was sold to Mike De Udy on 7th March
1969. De Udy had already owned two Mark 111 Coupes previously.
In Bob Akin's care, the car was totally rebuilt and race-prepared
by his team. A 400 cubic inch alloy small block Chevrolet
V8 was fitted, producing in excess of 700 horsepower. Bob
won everything possible with the car. When it passed to a
subsequent owner, that gentleman purchased a specially-strengthened
Charlie-Agg modified Hewland gearbox to take the power this
fuel-injected engine would deliver.
This is undoubtedly the fastest and best developed T70 racing
It's also important to note that this is one of the very
few Lola T70s about which there are no "stories".
This car has been in view since new and there are no duplicate
chassis numbers of it. This car had an excellent history,
having been driven by the noted Australian racer, Frank Gardner,
one of the (if not THE) fastest race drivers of his day.
Beautiful, fast and easy to drive and maintain, the Lola
T70 is remembered as one of the sports most attractive sports-prototypes
and rightly so.
Delivered 7th March 1969 to Michael Grace, D'Udy (Bahamas
Racing). Wet sump Bartz Chevrolet 5 litre engine. Gearbox
no. LG600-182. Light green.
1969 - Three outright victories, seven podium finishes.
04/4: Guards International Trophy, RAC Gr.4, round 2. Snetterton.
Frank Gardner. DNS. (Suspension).
07/4: Thruxton, RAC Gr.4, round 3. Gardner, DNF (clutch).
06/6: Vila Real, Portugal. Frank Gardner; 2nd. (lap record
of 104 mph).
13/7: W.D. & H.O. Wills Trophy. Croft. Frank Gardner
2nd in 1st heat. DNF in 2nd heat. (Fuel starvation).
10/8: Thruxton. Gardner, # 1; 2nd.
18/8: Oulton Park: Gardner; 1st.
8/11: Rand Daily Mail 9 hours. Kyalami. Gardner/De Udy; 2nd.
23/11: Cape International 3 hours. Killarney, De Udy/Gardner;
1/12: Lourenco Marques 3 hours. De Udy/Gardner, # 7; 1st,
13/12: Roy Hesketh 3 Hours, Pietermaritzburg. De Udy; DNF
21/3: Sebring 12 hours, De Udy/Hailwood. DNF after one hour.
Leased to Solar Productions for the film "Le Mans".
Sold to Rod Leach of 'Nostalgia'.
Sold to Terry Jones of Cerritos, California. Totally restored
with re-skinned tub by Jim Chapman. 5.7-litre engine built
by Dennis Fischer.
Sold to Reginald Howell USA.
1993: For sale in December
1994: Sold to Bob Akin, raced extensively in historic events.
Won HSR Thundersports Championships in 1997 and 1998; Watkins
Glen and Sebring in 1999.
2000: Sold to private collector and racer.
2002: Purchased by White Shoes Racing
--- SOLD ---