The Ex-Team Surtees, John Surtees,1967 Lola Ford 1.6-litre T100  Chassis no. SL/100/6

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The Ex-Team Surtees, John Surtees, 1967 Lola Ford 1.6-litre T100
Chassis no. SL/100/6

Sold for £ 51,000 (US$ 68,912) inc. premium
The Ex-Team Surtees, John Surtees
1967 Lola Ford 1.6-litre T100
Chassis no. SL/100/6


  • Lola Cars Limited's towering reputation as manufacturer of a bewilderingly long and successful series of sports-racing, Gran Turismo, endurance and Indianapolis/CART racing cars has tended to obscure the fact that the British company also manufactured some very fine FIA International Formula single-seaters for a vast range of classes up to and including Formula 1, Formula 2, and Formulae A/5000/3000. This particular early monocoque-chassised projectile is a rare example of one of Lola's most successful – and most handsome - early racing single-seaters – the T100 Formula 2 series.

    During the 1960s, Formula 2 racing provided a fabulous schoolroom class of International competition which stood just one rung below World Championship Formula 1 in the International calendar. Launched in 1967, the particular set of regulations to which this car was built originally demanded production-block engines of no more than 1,600cc capacity – but which were permitted considerable freedom in terms of internals, cylinder head, induction etc. These monocoque Lolas were campaigned by the quasi-works Team Surtees organisation, and their drivers included former Ferrari Formula 1 World Champion John Surtees, David Hobbs, Chris Irwin and others. In original form both BMW and Cosworth-Ford FVA 4-cylinder racing engines were deployed. The BMW engine was most unusual, featuring radially-disposed valves in its Ludwig Apfelbeck-designed cylinder head layout, which produced such a tall power unit it was nicknamed 'The Monument'.

    Even so, these Lola T100s were neat, fast and competitive against the hordes of rival Brabham, Lotus, Cooper, Matra, Protos and even McLaren cars.

    The present vendor of this particularly well presented example of this now rare model advises us that it began life as a 1967-season 'works' car driven by John Surtees, before being entrusted to Chris Irwin early in the 1968 race series. On May 14, 1967, John Surtees won the Guards International Trophy race at Mallory Park in 'SL/100/6' and one week later in the Belgian Limburg Grand Prix at Zolder the combination won again, John Surtees winning that time from Jim Clark's Lotus 48.

    Chris Irwin then finished third in 'SL/100/6' in the Madrid GP at Jarama on July 23. He was absolutely one of the rising stars of that era, having found his way into Formula 1 with the Parnell, BRM and Brabham teams, only for his embryo career to be terminated by a terrible crash in the Ford P68 Coupe during practice for that year's ADAC 1,000Kms race at the Nurburgring.
    We understand that this car was later sold to the Spanish Escuderia Nacional Calvo Sotelo for drivers Alex Soler-Roig and Prince Jorge de Bagration, replacing a sister chassis which had been damaged in a previous outing.,

    From the Spanish team 'SL/100/6' as now offered here was acquired by John Watson – future Formula 1 driver and British Grand Prix winner (amongst other successes) and fitted with a BRM-prepared Lotus-Ford Twin-Cam racing engine. This combination won the 1969 Irish national Championship, after which in 1971 the car was sold to Patric Speer. It was then painted in a leopard-skin patterned livery and became known as the 'Lola Leopard'.

    In 1989 it passed to Louis Bernat in Chicago, USA, and was eventually acquired and re-imported by the current vendor in 2005.

    The car has since been restored and – fitted with a correct BRM-tuned Lotus-Ford Twin-Cam engine of 1969 vintage – it has been campaigned in both British and Australian Historic events. An original Cosworth-Ford FVA racing engine in dismantled state is available and is included with this Lot for sale here. Other modifications to the car as offered include the battery having been re-located under the driver's knees and the roll-over hoop having been updated to match current regulations.

    We are advised that this historically important Formula 2 Lola's Ford twin-cam engine, the chassis, bodywork, transmission and electrics are all in good order, while the paintwork condition is described as "Excellent – but some stone chips on RHS of tub...". The car has original-style transmission – a Hewland FT200 five-speed transaxle, and it is finished in Team Surtees red with white arrow insignia striping.

    Formula 2 racing in the late-1960s was a fabulously competitive category in which rising talents could pit themselves wheel-to-wheel against the established Formula 1 and sports car racing star drivers of the day. The Lola T100s were immensely attractive cars in their day, and remain so into 2012. This example has attached race-winning history in the hands of not only a Formula 1 World Champion Driver, but also the seven-times Motorcycle World Champion – that great British racing warrior John Surtees – and it is certainly worth the closest consideration for anyone wishing to enter open-wheeled Historic racing.
The Ex-Team Surtees, John Surtees,1967 Lola Ford 1.6-litre T100  Chassis no. SL/100/6
The Ex-Team Surtees, John Surtees,1967 Lola Ford 1.6-litre T100  Chassis no. SL/100/6
The Ex-Team Surtees, John Surtees,1967 Lola Ford 1.6-litre T100  Chassis no. SL/100/6
The Ex-Team Surtees, John Surtees,1967 Lola Ford 1.6-litre T100  Chassis no. SL/100/6
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