1970 Lola T210 Barchetta  Chassis no. SL210/9

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Lot 622
1970 Lola T210 Barchetta
Chassis no. SL210/9

Sold for £ 56,500 (US$ 71,644) inc. premium
1970 Lola T210 Barchetta
Chassis no. SL210/9

Footnotes

  • Lola’s success in commercial racing car production was based firmly on design integrity and build quality, both evident from the first sports car. Pitched into an arena dominated by Colin Chapman’s Lotus 11s, the Mk1 soon proved to be the car to beat. In fact, it was a return to small-bore sports racers which kicked off one of the most successful eras in the history of the company, which had moved to Slough before relocating to Huntingdon – where the present Lola Cars International Company remains. While northern rival Chevron was still entrenched in closed spaceframe cars, Lola’s weapon for 1970 shocked the Boltonians to the core. The neat aluminium monocoque T210 was an open barchetta with a smaller frontal area than the swoopy B16, the body of which was also produced by Specialised Mouldings.
    With veteran Jo Bonnier heading up Lola’s driving strength, it took all the might of Brian Redman to keep the 1,800cc Chevron (which had slain Porsche 917s and T70s at some circuits) competitive in its second season. After the most exciting Group 6 confrontation in history, at the challenging full-length Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Bonnier won the drivers’ crown, but Redman – by now in a hastily chopped-down B16 Spyder – did enough to earn Chevron manufacturers’ honours.
    T210s were powered, in the main, by the 1790cc Cosworth FVC engine – a stretched version of the 16-valve DOHC FVA, which was essentially one four cylinder bank of the already iconic F1 DFV V8.
    Historical research suggests that this car, which carries the manufacturers plate HU9, was raced by Swiss enthusiast Claude Swietlik under the Ecurie Evergreen banner in the European Championship, in which Bonnier beat stiff opposition to win the drivers’ title.
    Paperwork on file shows that a David Dawson of Hertfordshire was granted HSCC papers for this T210 in October 1981. He appears to have run the car before selling it to the Rosso Bianco collection circa 1984. An insurance certificate on file suggests Peter Kaus let Chris Mann and David Clarke race the car in February 1986. FIA papers were issued in 1990 and the car appeared to have run at the Norisring (with F Vogt driving) and Nurburgring in 1990-91. These aforementioned FIA papers quote the car as having a 1.8-litre Ford FVC engine (the type currently installed) with ownership history stated as supplied new to Bonnier, then Wendt and then Kaus.

Saleroom notices

  • We have received further information on this car indicating that it probably began life as the Lola T210 sports-prototype which was acquired by Alain de Cadenet to replace the burned-out earlier T210 which he had just lost at the Vila Real public road circuit in Portugal in 1970. This car, ‘SL210/9’, would then have been retained by Alain de Cadanet’s well-known Ecurie Evergreen team for the rest of the 1970 season and on into 1971. During that latter season it is believed to have been sold to private entrant Claude Swietlik, who used it mainly in European hill-climbing. Upon its purchase by Mr Peter Kaus for his superb Rosso Bianco Collection at Aschaffenburg, Germany, the car re-emerged wearing its present Ecurie Bonnier-style team livery of bright Swedish yellow with the Swiss centreline stripes in red and white. This matches European Lola Agent Bonnier’s 1970 European 2-Litre Championship T210 which is believed to have been chassis serial ‘T210/1’. As preserved within the Rosso Bianco Collection for so many years – and as offered here now – we understand that the car features a 1971 T212-style oil cooler system and it wears the 1972-type ‘big windscreen’. Other details regarding this most attractive sports-prototype Lola are as published in the Sale catalogue and as available for view within the extensive documentation file accompanying this Lot.
1970 Lola T210 Barchetta  Chassis no. SL210/9
1970 Lola T210 Barchetta  Chassis no. SL210/9
1970 Lola T210 Barchetta  Chassis no. SL210/9
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