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• Took part in the 1974 Targo Florio, fitted with a Porsche 906 engine
• Purchased by our vendor in 2007. Fitted with a Cosworth BDG engine and a Hewland FG 400 gearbox
• Last raced at the 2011 Silverstone Classic driven by David Gathercole
• Fitted with a zero-timed, Cosworth 2.0 BDG iron block engine. Current FIA HTP
• Eligible for a number of series such as World Sportscar Masters and Classic Endurance Racing
The T290 was Lola's 1972 contender for the European 2-litre Sports Car 'Championship for Makes', a vibrant series which ran at most of the classic circuits in the 70s with many famous drivers.
Lola designers Bob Marston, Patrick Head, and John Barnard produced an entirely new car to replace the outgoing and winning T210 and T212. The new 1972 car was based on an aluminium monocoque and designed to take a variety of 2-litre engines including the Cosworth FVC and the Chevy Vega. As always with Lola, their production race cars were very competitive and easy to run for privateer racer and the monocoque T290 was direct competition for the Chevron B21 and Abarth Osella SE021.
Chassis HU 16 was originally supplied through European Lola agent Jo Bonnier where it remained for 2 years and subsequently was sold to Italian Bruno Rebac. The car, at that time, was fitted with a Porsche 906 engine and took part in the 1974 Targa Florio where it, unfortunately, crashed, however, the parts were subsequently reassembled into a new chassis built around the original bulkheads by John Collins.
In 1988, a Swedish gentleman purchased the car and took it back to Italy where it remained until 1995 when a Mr Jim Jaqua purchased it and exported it to America. Mr Jaqua prepared the car for racing and it was then in the hands of well known US preparer, Lee Chapman Racing. The car was later purchased through Simon Hadfield by our vendor in 2007 and is currently fitted with a Cosworth BDG engine and a Hewland FG 400 gearbox.
HU 16 last raced at the 2011 Silverstone Classic driven by well-known engine builder David Gathercole who had fitted one of his own 2-litre FVC engines for the occasion. David ran as high as 3rd in the race against such opposition as Lola T70s demonstrating just how quick and competitive this car can be.
Subsequently, the Lola has been fitted with a Cosworth BDG zero-timed engine making it eligible for a number of series such as World Sportscar Masters and Classic Endurance Racing. With a new owner, this car should be as competitive once again as it was in 1972 and 2011
The Lola comes complete with full FIA HTP papers.