We are delighted to offer the 1968 ex-Chuck Parson Simoniz / Bob Nagel Thermo King Lola T70 Mk3 chassis SL73/128.
Introduced in 1967, the Lola T70 Mk3 was available in both coupe and spyder versions with the conversion from one version to the other relatively quick and simple. This enabled the car to be raced in the world championship and Group 4 races as a coupe, and as a Group 7 spyder in the Can-Am series.
SL73/128 was built as a Mk3 spyder for US Lola importer Carl Haas and was delivered new on 16th February 1968 and fitted with a Bartz prepared 365cid 5900cc Chevrolet V8 mated to a Hewland LG600 gearbox. Sponsored by Simoniz and painted in their orange and white livery, SL73/128 was raced in the 1968 United States Road Racing Championship by Chuck Parsons who finished third overall. The complete, continuous ownership and race history of this exceptional Lola T70 Mk3 can be found further below in the history section. A full and extensive history file comes with the car.
SL73/128 is arguably one of the best Mk3s when it comes to provenance, documentation and preparation. Its ownership chain is unbroken while its race history with well known drivers Chuck Parson and Bob Nagel is excellent and fully documented. Add to this its top notch preparation with a Mathwall 5.7 liter SMB Chevy engine (only 3 hours running) and no-expenses-spared maintenance by both its prior and current owner. Interestingly, the car is currently fitted with coupe bodywork (in Simoniz livery) but also comes with a separate, complete spyder body (which has already been fitted to the car previously) so SL73/128 can be run as both coupe and spyder depending on the new owners preference, race venue or eligibility criteria.
Additional spares are 2 sets of wheels and miscellaneous running spares. The FIA HTP is from 2017 so valid for another 10 years. Fuel cell, seat belts and fire extinguisher are all current. There is nothing further to spend on this car to go racing.
This is a no-stories, proper pedigree Lola T70 Mk3 big banger which is eligible for all historic race events such as Masters WSM, CER, Le Mans Classic, Daytona 24hr classic, etc. where it is always a front running car. A properly driven T70 Mk3 is as quick as a Mk3B and is amazingly friendly and lots of fun to drive. ..... for more information visit www.RMD.be SL73/128 was built as a Mk3 spider for US Lola importer Carl Haas and was delivered new on 16th February 1968 and was fitted with a Bartz prepared 365cid 5900cc Chevrolet V8 mated to a Hewland LG600 gearbox. Sponsored by Simoniz and painted in their orange and white livery, SL73/128 was raced in the 1968 USRRC Championship by Chuck Parsons who finished third overall in the series.
In the fall of 1968, SL73/128 was sold to SCCA national club racer Bob Nagel of Bethel park, Pennsylvania who collected the car direct engineless from Carl Haas. Bob fitted a big-block Ford 427cid 7000cc engine and repainted the car in the white and blue colours of his sponsor, Thermo King who made air-conditioning units for cars and trucks. Bob raced the car in national SCCA events and selected Can-Am events up until 1970 and in that time won two Virginia national Cups, in 1968 and 69 and two Vandergrift Cups at Cumberland in 1969 and 70. Bob also qualified for three consecutive US Champions SCCA run-offs from 1968 to 1970.
Bob sold SL73/128 in late 70 to aircraft engineering Gene Fisher, an enthusiastic club racer who did well enough with the car to continue the tradition of SL73/128 appearing at the US Championship for a further two years in 1971 and 1972 making it five appearances in a row and establishing in the process a unique record for any T70.
In 1974 SL73/128 was imported into the UK by Stephen Langton and Fred Bray, but they had a disagreement and the car was sold unraced or ever used by them. Ray Potter bought the car in 1976 and campaigned the car in historics until selling it to Nigel Hulme in 1980. Nigel raced the car for three seasons, still as a spider with the big-block Ford V8 until converting the car in 1984 to Mk3B coupe spec with a 5-litre Chevrolet V8 for another three seasons of racing. In 1988 Nigel offered the car Peter Kaus for his recently opened Bianco-Rosso museum. Peter converted the car back to Mk3 spider spec and was displayed like this in white and red untouched and unused until the museum closed its doors in 2006.
A rescue package saw the collection pass to the Louwmann Family Collection in Holland who auctioned off all the cars they didnt want, including SL73/128 which was bought at auction by historic racer Shaun Lynn who commissioned Clive Robertson to fully restore the car. Restored over a three year period as a Mk3 coupe in Simoniz livery, the chassis was adapted so that a spare spider body also finished in Simoniz livery, could..... for more information visit www.RMD.be
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