The auction block is heating up once again as Bring A Trailer features another rare round. They are offering a Lola T165/70 race car as a premium listing and are already bidding $102,500 at the time of this writing. The now defunct British automaker previously competed in prestigious competitions such as Formula 1, SCCA and USAC.
Before becoming what you see now, the Lola T165/70 started out as a T160. In 1968 it was shipped to US distributor Carl Haas. Then he saw action at the SCCA under Jack Hinkle. In the 1980s it was already in the hands of Can-Am manufacturers and fulfilled the T165 specifications.
The project’s tram boasts a wider Lola T70 Mk III fiberglass body. It also runs on a 7.5 liter Chevrolet MK IV V8 engine. The shop also adds dry sump lubrication, Inglese intake and a Vertex magneto ignition system. The rear-mounted powertrain is then mated to a ZF five-speed transaxle.
Output is around 560 horsepower with 465 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 185 mph. There are also Lola T222 spec suspensions and Koni adjustable coil springs. Stopping power comes from Girling disc brakes on magnesium center-lock wheels.
The Lola T165/70 sports a striking yellow livery with blue Le Mans stripes. Both the front and back have clamshell opening configurations. Other notable tweaks include the Perspex wraparound windshield and gullwing doors. As for the cabin, there is black upholstery almost everywhere.
Even the carpet is black to match the theme. The Lola T165/70 is also in right-hand drive configuration. Bring A Trailer points out that there are some imperfections such as scuffs, chips, and retouching. Nevertheless, a lucky bidder will soon have it in his collection.
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