Every so often a car comes up for sale that makes me want to sell off a few body parts to get. Generally it’s something exotic with a racing pedigree and proper performance. Unfortunately though most, if not all of the time, they’re out of my price range. One such example is this stunning street legal replica of a 1969 Lola T70 Mk3B that is currently for sale on eBay. A quick tidbit of information; Lola was founded in 1958 by Eric Broadley, a British entrepreneur and engineer. In their time cars like the Lola T70 have competed against some of the greatest cars in history like the Porsche 908 and 917, Ford GT40 and the Ferrari 512. What’s amazing about this car though, albiet it being an exact replica of a T70, is that for one it’s completely street legal and two, I’ve actually seen this car in person at an event at Limerock Park in Limerock, CT.
According to eBay, this Lola replica was commissioned by a lifelong Lola enthusiast who enlisted the talents of renowned Lola restorer and historian Mac McClendon. Size wise this car is TINY so if you’re over 5’10” you can pretty much forget about squeezing into this thing. However, if you’re a little shorter in stature, then this beauty may just be for you.
This T70 is powered by a Traco/Chevrolet 356ci small block that produces 510hp and 450 lb-ft of torque through a ZF 5-speed synchromesh gearbox. Opening up the door to the cockpit reveals an interior that’s as close to a factory race car as you’re ever likely to see. There is however one thing here that the race cars of yore did not possess – you see this baby has air conditioning.
From a build standpoint, the car is absolutely stunning as the level of detail that was committed to this machine from the onset is first rate. From the custom fabricated pedals, to the one-off hand-made headers, to the magnesium center-lock wheels, this automobile is nothing short of breathtaking. Obviously a car like this isn’t for everyone, however if you’re a Lola fan then you should know that this may be your one and only chance to own one of the nicest replicas in existence.