Lola
T70 MKII Spyder

SPECIFICATIONS

Make:
Lola
Model:
T70 MKII Spyder
Year of manufacture:
1965
Distinguishing features:
interesting racing history in the USA as “Pussycat”
Price:
POR

General

  • Interesting racing history in the USA as “Pussycat”
  • Exceptionally good, restored condition
  • Eligible for Goodwood and other classic car rallies
  • The last Lola T70 MK2 Spider to be made in 1965
  • Detailed history with many vintage documents and pictures

 

History

The British company Lola produced the open Lola T70 Spider in 1965 (Mk I), and the Mk II a year later. The coupé version that resulted from this in 1970 was approved for the World Sportscar Championship. The Mk III and Mk IIIb completed the very successful T70 racing series.

 

Chassis #SL71/20 was delivered on 19.12.1965 to John Mecom in Dallas. One year later the car was sold, and it began its racing life as “Pussycat”. Its American driver and owner, Jessy Crawford, used the car in the Can-Am Cup and SCCA series with many good results. These included some wins and other prizes during the car’s early life. “Pussycat”’s success on the US racing circuit up until 1967 has been well documented through many newspaper articles, ranking lists and vintage photographs. After the car was stored for many years, an email notes its sale in 1992 to Nigel Kemp in the UK. 14 years later, the car changed hands, to David Clark, also in the UK. The next English owner decided to have the car fully restored by Foxcraft Engineering’s Lola specialists. 

 

The last – German – owner, an impassioned collector still active in vintage motor sport today, bought chassis #SL71/20 in July 2011. In the same year, the car won two races at the Trofeo Ignazio Giunti, Imola. It also took part in the 1000 km series in Monza and Le Castellet, and at the Old Timer Grand Prix in Nürburgring. Two further highlights were Goodwood, at the Members Meeting and also the Goodwood Revival. Only Lolas built up until 1965 are allowed at Goodwood, and as chassis #SL71/20 is the last T70 to have been made in 1965, it is also the last Lola T70 authorised for Goodwood. From 2011, the car could be spotted regularly and consistently at smaller events and track days. Regular service and upkeep, for example from Hall & Hall in the UK, have ensured the car’s exceptional, ongoing technical condition and appearance. 

 

Few racing cars from the 1960s are as pure and fast to drive as a Lola T70. With such a car, you will be a welcome guest at many international rallies. Whether you race the Lola at Goodwood, discover its forceful performance at local track days, or simply want to build your collection of historic racing cars, this Lola T70 MK II chassis #SL71/20 will more than live up to your expectations. “Pussycat”’s wonderful history full of racing anecdotes, highly detailed documentation, and the very good general condition, will be a delight to collectors and racing enthusiasts alike.