Silverstone Auctions puts movie icon 1969 Lola T70 up for sale

Article by Anita Panait, on February 13, 2013

Silverstone Auctions will be auctioning an iconic 1969 Lola race car on Feb. 23, 2013 at the Race Retro & Classic Car Sale to be held at Stoneleigh Park in England. The yellow-finished Lola T70 starred in the classic Steve McQueen film “Le Mans” and was one of three MKIII B’s used in the film. The race was seen spinning on the downhill approach to the Indianapolis corner.

The Lola T70 was then cloned to look like a Gulf-Porsche 917 to star in a breath-taking crash and eventually hit a steel w-beam rail. The iconic race car of movies has been completely rebuilt for European sports car racing and now comes ‘on the button’ with current FIA papers, sporting a new engine, a rebuilt gearbox and a new differential.

Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, remarked that it is rare for a car with a colorful history to be offered for auction. He said that they are delighted to have the Lola T70 secured for the Race Retro & Classic Car Sale. The Lola T70 is sure to attract a number of bidders when it is put under the hammer on Feb. 23.

Interested bidders may include big fans of the big screen and car lovers. The Lola T70 to be placed under auction is also well groomed to participate in any race at top European circuits, as it recently achieved victory at both Monza and Spa. The winning bidder for the Lola T70 will not only take home the iconic race car, but it will also receive an extensive spares package. The Lola T70 being offered at Race Retro & Classic Car Sale is estimated at between £570,000 and £650,000.

Topics: auction, race car

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