A 1969 Lola race car which starred in the classic Steve McQueen film “Le Mans” took centre stage at the Silverstone Auctions hosted Race Retro & Classic Car Sale.
Estimated at between £570,000 to £650,000, the Lola T70 being offered was one of three MKIII B’s used in the action packed film, which now enjoys iconic status.
The actual model that went under the hammer on 23rd February at Stoneleigh Park- as part of the Race Retro weekend- was repainted yellow for the movie and was seen spinning on the downhill approach to the Indianapolis corner.
But that wasn’t the end of its ‘acting’ career as it was then cloned to look like a Gulf-Porsche 917 for a spectacular crash sequence – ultimately ending up in the armco!
However, as well as being a famous car with a distinguished movie past, it has been completely rebuilt for European sports car racing at the highest level and comes ‘on the button’ with current FIA papers, a fresh engine, a rebuilt gearbox and a new differential.
Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said: “It’s rare for a car with such a colourful history, including a starring role in one of the most famous films of the 1970’s, to be offered for auction, so we’re absolutely delighted to have secured it for the Race Retro & Classic Car Sale.
“Indeed, whether you’re a fan of the big screen, love cars that are built purely for excitement, or just admire its amazing styling, you have to admit that this is one very special race car.”
Adding to its appeal is that it is ready to compete at the top European circuits having recently won at both Monza and Spa. Meanwhile, accompanying the car, which is resplendent in its period race livery, was an extensive spares package.