The Lola Mk 6 GT is one of the most technically important GT racing cars ever constructed and provided the Ford Motor Company with the template to create the GT40 and indeed the Lola T70 that followed. Lola founder Eric Broadley created the ground-breaking Mk6 GT during 1962 and was first showcased to the public in January 1963 at the Olympia Racing Car Show, the stunning streamlined body designed by John Frayling of FRP, who had previously penned the type 14 Lotus Elite alongside Peter Kirwan-Taylor.
The car was rightly regarded as the star of the show and showcased a structure that paved the way for GT racing cars throughout the decade that followed. Only 3 examples of the MK6 GT were built before the project was acquired by Ford to form the backbone of its GT40 programme. The rest is history.
In 2000 we were privileged to rebuild the second of these examples as photographed above, the 1st production example, that carried the chassis number LGT-1 for its then owner, who went on to race the car successfully before it was sold overseas. Back in 1963, LGT-1 was famously campaigned in the Le Mans 24 hours, running as high as 9th despite minimal testing, before crashing out due to gearbox issues.
At the time of the restoration, we created a brand new set of body moulds, as the originals weren’t initially available. After some time, the originals did surface and we were then able to create a composite body mould that incorporated elements of those originals, although they carried some damage due to the passing of time, and elements of the new moulds.
What we have here for sale are those recreated moulds, as seen above, with the restored car shown in 'wide hip' configuration, which we'd like to point out is not for sale by RH Classics (these images are FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY of what a completed project could look like).
The moulds comprise front and rear clip along with the central section, incorporating ‘screens and doors, providing the buyer with a unique opportunity to create a tool-room Replica or continuation Mk6 GT, utilising correct components. We seriously considered doing that very thing, but a busy workshop prevents us from progressing this tantalising project, hence we’re now offering them for sale, along a small number of original parts from the restoration that we'd be happy to include in the sale.
The Lola Mk6 GT is now a footnote in racing car history, but having immersed ourselves in the 2 year restoration of the original, we strongly believe it has sat in the shadows for too long. We'd truly love to see a limited series of continuation cars take to the tracks against GT40s of the period.
If you have the appetite and ability to create a suitable chassis and drivetrain to sit underneath it, potentially modified from a GT40 replica chassis, this is a fantastic opportunity to produce something truly special. And in the year that the Hollywood blockbuster Ford v Ferrari (Le Mans 66 in the UK) hits the big screen this November, what better time is there to embark on a Lola Mk6 GT project?
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