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  Lola Mk6 GT Chevrolet
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1963
Numbers built:3
Designed by:John Frayling
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 16, 2011
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Chassis: LGT/2
This is the third and final Lola Mk6 built. It was entered at Le Mans for for John Love and Tony Maggs but did not arrive. Shortly after the Ford engined machine was sold American privateer John Mecom. He entered the car at Brands Hatch Guards Trophy for Augie Pabst. The race lasted just four laps for LGT/2 due to a blown engine. Mecom shipped the car over to the United States and had it refitted with a Traco-tuned Chevrolet engine.

Re-engined, the sole Mk6 in private hands was entered in the Nassau speed week with the unusual starting number '00'. Pabst dominated, first winning a five-lap preliminary event, followed by a victory in the headlining Nassau Tourist Trophy. Next up was the Sebring 12 Hours early in 1964 where Pabst was joined by Walt Hansgen. A snapped rev-counter cable affected the engine's timing and the blue and white liveried machine was forced to retire early in the race. Pabst had several more outings with the car until a big crash at Riverside ended the Lola's career prematurely.

With substantial damage, the Chevrolet engined Mk6 was returned to Mecom's Texas work-shop. It eventually came into the ownership of dealer/collector Chuck Haines. He had former Can-Am crew-chief Tom Frederick restore the car to full running order. In 1988, Haines sold the completed car to Peter Kaus for his Rosso Bianco museum. In 2006 it was offered in Bonhams' Goodwood Revival auction where it sold for a hefty 364,000 Pounds; over three times the low estimate.

In the following years it was meticulously restored for the new owner by Hall & Hall. Chassis LGT/2 returned to the public eye in January of 2011 when it was displayed by Hall & Hall at Retromobile. In current configuration, the compact car weighs just 820 kg and is powered by a 540 bhp Chevrolet engine. In the right hands, it should be very competitive in the Goodwood Revival's Whitsun Trophy against the quickest Lola T70s and Ford GT40s.


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  Article Image gallery (9) LGT/2 Specifications