Eric Broadley introduced his Lola T–70 roadster at the Racing Car Show in London, England in 1965. The car stunned the public and immediately joined that select pantheon of sports racing vehicles, like the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, Jaguar D-Type and Maserati 300S, to which one ascribes the epithet: exquisite. Built initially to satisfy the U.S. market for large-bore sports cars, the T–70 evolved over its history into a GT coupe variant that competed at the international F.I.A. level, running at such storied venues as Le Mans, Sebring, Rheims and Spa-Francorchamps.
John Surtees drove a Lola T–70 roadster to win the inaugural Canadian-American Challenge Championship in 1966. Unfortunately, in a bid to offset front-end lift, the car ended the season with a rather ugly “tongue” spoiler. The artist reports that he was tempted to paint the car in one of its British iterations to avoid spoiling those beautiful lines!
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