For Sale : 1965 Lola T70 MK1

For Sale : 1965 Lola T70 MK1

SL70/10 was invoiced on 05/31/65 to the Shelby

Corporation. Carroll Shelby and Dan Gurney entered into

partnership with each other at the start of the year and

formed AAR. The car was never used and sold to Chuck

Jones of Team Meridian in October ‘65 with the engine still

to be bolted in.

The car was first used in the Elvis Presley film “Spinout”.

Shot on location between the 9th and the 11th of March

’66, the silver painted car was driven by an unknown stunt

driver employed by the studio. The start and finish

sequences were filmed in parking lot 21 of the Dodger

Stadium in Los Angeles with the road racing scenes taking

place on the Kanan Road highway leading from Agoura to

Paramount Ranch. The car was then prepared for the

USRRC for Skip Hudson.

The car was partly sponsored and entered by Lancer

Racing, who made clear plastic bodies for slot-cars. The

car featured a unique modified tail made by Chuck Jones

which incorporated twin low-slung carburetor air intake

engine scoops. Chuck also hand applied silver meta-flake

paint to the wing tops and intake surrounds. A bigger rear

spoiler was also fitted along with one inch wider wheels all

round. Skip took five podium finishes during the season to

finish 3rd overall in the USRRC and also won the Santa

Barbara SCCA Nationals during the season.

In July 1966, actor and amateur racing driver Steve

McQueen tested the car at Riverside in a test arranged by

Skip Hudson. The test took place whilst Steve was testing

six road going GT cars for the American magazine “Sports

Illustrated”. In the August ’66 edition, he reported that the

Lola T70 was the fastest car he had ever driven around

the Riverside course, at times reaching speeds of up to

157mp

 

To learn more about the amazing history and stunning restoration of the 1965 Lola contact Bud Bennett (248) 431 – 1680…