The Ex-Régis Fraissinet,1971-72 LOLA-CHEVROLET T222 CANAM RACING SPORTS SPYDER  Chassis no. HU3
Lot 158
The Ex-Régis Fraissinet,1971-72 LOLA-CHEVROLET T222 CANAM RACING SPORTS SPYDER Chassis no. HU3
Sold for €138,000 (US$ 185,817) inc. premium
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Lot Details
The Ex-Régis Fraissinet
1971-72 LOLA-CHEVROLET T222 CANAM RACING SPORTS SPYDER
Chassis no. HU3

Footnotes

  • La Lola-Chevrolet T222 proposée est l'une des deux voitures fournies par l'usine de Huntingdon au distributeur Européen de la marque et ancien pilote de Grand Prix, Joakim Bonnier.

    Ce châssis 'HU3' a été vendu par Bonnier au Chuck Graemiger Racing ou à Régis Fraissinet. La voiture a été engagée dans le Championnat Inter Série en 1971 avec Gérard Larrousse à son volant.

    D'après les informations en notre possession, la voiture aurait fait ses débuts à Hockenheim en Juillet 1971, inscrite par Chuck Graemiger Racing pour Larrousse. La voiture n'a pas terminé la course à cause d'un problème d'embrayage.

    C'est en 1972 que Régis Fraissinet apparaît alors avec la voiture lors de certaines manches du Championnat Inter Série, sans grand succès, étant plus concentré sur des épreuves de courses de cote.

    Il invitera d'ailleurs le pilote vedette de l'écurie Matra, Jean-Pierre Beltoise, à participer à la course de cote d'Urcy près de Dijon.
    Regis Fraissinet a vendu la voiture vers 1984/1985 à Adrien Maeght pour son Musée de l'automobile de Mougins.

    La Lola T222 a été conservée au Musée jusqu'en 1998, année au cours de laquelle elle a été achetée par le propriétaire actuel. Cette même année la voiture a été restaurée, puis de nouveau en 2006 suite à des problèmes de moteur. La voiture est vendue en état de marche. Elle est équipée d'un moteur Chevrolet 'big block' de 8,9 litres à injection préparé par le spécialiste Tim Adams et est fournie avec ses papier FIA.

    La Lola T222 est éligible à de nombreux événements historiques dans le monde entier et offre d'excellentes performances.



    This startlingly well-specified Lola T222 is a fine example of the shapely unlimited-capacity CanAm Championship contender produced by the illustrious British manufacturer for the 1971-72 seasons. Lola Cars Ltd of Huntingdon had a fine reputation for producing customer competition cars which were beautifully built and which provided their buyers with competitive racing and the opportunity to earn attractive appearance start and prize money at International level.

    The T222 such as this example was essentially a Mark 2 development of the preceding T220 model, which itself had followed on the heels of the T160-162 derivations of the classical T70 CanAm Championship-winning sports car design of 1966. The T220 was created by Lola founder Eric Broadley and his chief designer, Bob Marston. It was based upon a full-length aluminium-skinned monocoque chassis, and in order to promote nimble handling and manouevrability it featured a notably short wheelbase length in contrast to its contemporary rivals. Indeed in its original form the T220's short wheelbase was considered by its main driver – Peter Revson – too short for comfort, and after a colossal crash at Road Atlanta the quasi-works L&M-sponsored Carl Haas team operating the car requested a longer-wheelbase development as replacement. Since the prototype car 'HU1' had been damaged beyond immediate repair, the replacement 'HU2' was shipped out to the US with its wheelbase extended at the front end to 98 inches in length. In the replacement car, Peter Revson then proved himself to be the closest and most consistent challenger to the otherwise all-conquering McLaren works team entries during that 1970 Can Am Championship series. He drove for McLaren the following year, and became 1971 CanAm Champion.

    For 1971, Lola Cars put the modified T220 design into production for customer sale, under the classification T222. Examples were campaigned in the 1971 CanAm Challenge series by owner/drivers Dave Causey, Bob Nagel and Hiroshi Kazato, and the model also appeared in European InterSerie racing – the equivalent of 'anything goes' CanAm sports car racing in North America.

    This particular Lola-Chevrolet T222 offered here was one of a pair supplied from the Huntingdon factory – its location name explaining the 'HU' prefix to contemporary Lola chassis numbers – to the marque's European distributor, former Grand Prix-winning racing driver Joakim Bonnier. Chassis 'HU3' here was sold by Bonnier to either Chuck Graemiger Racing or to private owner Régis Fraissinet who then ran the car in 1971 InterSerie racing for the world-class endurance racing and rally driver Gerard Larousse at the wheel.

    We believe that the car made its debut in the Hockenheim InterSerie round of July 1971, entered by Chuck Graemiger Racing for Larrousse, but failing to finish due to a clutch problem. Régis Fraissinet then appeared with the car in preparation for several rounds of the corresponding Championship in 1972, but largely concentrated instead upon hill-climbing with this powerful machine.

    He invited Matra Formula 1 and sports-racing star driver Jean-Pierre Beltoise to drive it in the Urcy hill-climb near Dijon before selling it circa 1984 to Adrien Maeght for his well-known motor car museum at Mougins in southern France. The car was subsequently preserved within the museum until 1998 when it was acquired by the present vendor. He had it restored that year, and the process was repeated as recently as 2006 following an engine problem. The car is offered here in running order. It is equipped with a fuel-injected 8.9-litre Chevrolet 'big block' engine prepared by Tim Adams in the UK, and it is accompanied by requisite FIA Historic documentation.

    Lola built fine competition cars to very high contemporary standards and CanAm/Interserie sports-racing examples such as this mouth-watering T222 are amongst the most handsome and charismatic of this imposing breed. The Lola T22 is eligible for a wide range of Historic competition events world-wide and it certainly offers rocket-ship performance in the most eye-catching and ground-shaking style.
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