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1959 Lola MK I
- Genuine 1959 Lola MK 1
- Originally ‘BY-I'
- Eligible for international historic events
- Race prepped with freshly prepared spare race engine
A beautifully presented example of one of the most sort-after small capacity sports racing cars of the 1950's. Professionally prepared and maintained, few cars are more eligible for such a wide array of events as the Lola Mark 1.
Accompanied by an extensive history file, its current and old FIA papers, spare bodywork and a freshly prepared spare race engine. The Lola Mark 1 was the first commercial sports-racing car produced by Lola Cars Ltd.
The brainchild of the companies founder Eric Broadley, the Mark I was built around the potent 1100cc Coventry Climax FWA, a beautifully designed multi-tubular chassis weighing only 27kg and clothed in a very attractive streamlined alloy body. It was an instant success with a win at Brands Hatch, in only its second race, where it became the first sport scar to lap the circuit in less than a minute. Inevitably orders followed and four cars were built for the 1959 season carrying a BY chassis number.
BY-1 was the works 1959 car driven with great success by Peter Ashdown winning the BRSCC Sports Car Championship with convincing victories at Goodwood, Brands Hatch and Crystal Palace. But the icing on the cake came on the 5th September for the 24th RAC Tourist Trophy at Goodwood where Lola also picked up the team prize.
After the 1959 season the car was crashed at Brands Hatch when being tested by a privateer, badly damaging the rear of the chassis. The Works replaced BY-1 with a new chassis in time for the next season. This car later sold to America where it resides today, according to respected Lola historian David Pratley.
However BY-1’s original 1959 chassis was evidently salvageable and was repaired and rebuilt into the car offered here. Taking up the story David adds:
'We know (from a letter from ex-works mechanic Frank Lugg) that the original crashed chassis was later recovered and got built in to another car.’ Designated Chassis No 'L-1’ in David’s book 'Lola’s First’ he goes on point out: 'The 1959 chassis are clearly distinguishable from the 1960 version because of a number of features such as the location of the brake master cylinders. Also BY-1 was the only one of the four Lolas to be fitted with an MGA gearbox and a previous owner confirmed with me that these distinct mounting points were still on the chassis.'
As these and other features are still present, this is almost certainly the original chassis from BY-1.
Over the next the next thirty years a succession of owners restored and raced the Lola with great success, in the UK, Germany and America, when it was purchased and repatriated by well known historic racer John Clark.
In John Clark's ownership the car was professionally maintained - the extent of which is highlighted by the extensive invoices in the history file - and successfully campaigned in the Gentleman Drivers, BRDC 50's Sportscar Series and VSCC events.
The current owner has carried on that mantel racing in both GT and sportscar series. Currently the professionally prepared the engine has only three races on it since its last rebuild; the wishbones have all been crack tested; the gearbox has been rebuilt, and a new clutch and thrust bearings have been fitted. Still retaining its Aluminium tail, there is a spare fiber-glass nose with the car and a second, freshly rebuilt race engine.
Accompanied by an extensive history file with correspondence from past owners, Peter Ashdown and David Pratley, as well as extensive invoices and its current and old FIA papers, it is very much ready to take to the track in the wide array of events for which it is so eligible.