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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1967
Numbers built:4
Designed by:Eric Broadley
Predecessor:Lola T70 Mk2 Spyder Ford
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 04, 2012
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Chassis: SL75/122
The first of four lightweight T70 Mk3B Spyders built, this example was sold new to Dan Gurney's All American Racers through Carl Haas. For the 1967 Can-Am Challenge, Gurney fitted the car with the latest small-block Ford V8, initially displacing 5.8 and later 6.2 litre. The only Ford engined Mk3B Spyder proved very quick but sadly very fragile; Gurney qualified in the top three for all six rounds yet also retired prematurely at each of these occasions.

Following two more USRRC outings in 1968, AAR sold the car on to Vic Nelli. He had the troublesome Ford V8 replaced by a big block Chevrolet and campaigned chassis SL75/122 with some success until 1971. Nelli also entered the car for Vic Elford at the 1970 Laguna Seca Can-Am. This race ended prematurely due to a broken water hose. After passing through several other hands, the T70 was acquired by Gerry Weichers. He had it re-bodied with a Mk3B Coupe and in this guise it was raced for many years. In new ownership the car crashed heavily and required a new tub for repairs.

In 2008 the current owner decided to restore the car as close to its original configuration as possible. With the correct 351 V8 complete with Weslake heads not readily available, he decided to fit a Roush-Yates built copy. Running 58mm carburettors, it produces around 675 bhp. The work was completed in 2010 and the Ford-powered T70 has since had several outings in historic events. Chassis SL75/122 is seen here during one such outing, at the 2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion.


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2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion
2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion
2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion

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