1963-64 Lola-Chevrolet Mk 6 GT

This stunningly beautiful car represents the beginning of the modern GT and will be extremely competitive in high-level vintage racing

His groundbreaking Anglo-American competition coupe, with its two sisters, marked one of the most significant landmarks in the entire history of world-class endurance racing. This rear-engined Lola GT is the second sister of the original Lola-Ford Mark 6 GT, which competed at Le Mans in 1963.

That car’s evident potential persuaded the Ford Motor Company’s management-recently rebuffed in its attempts to buy Ferrari-to take on Lola founder Derek Broadley’s design as the basis of its epochal Ford GT racing program.

While that legendary four-time Le Mans-winning Ford program is so familiar today, here we offer something of a maverick daughter of that project. For while the original Le Mans coupe and its other sister car were absorbed into the Ford GT development program, this particular example had already escaped, having been sold to oilman-cum-racing team owner John Mecom Jr.

This is a magnificent mid-engined monocoque coupe with a fascinating history. It is unique in combining the chassis design that initiated the entire Ford GT 40 program with the rival Chevrolet V8 power unit. It’s a car that won twice in the legendary Bahamas Speed Week, and it was raced by two of America’s most iconic road racing drivers of the era-Augie Pabst and Walt Hansgen.

Thor Thorson

Thor Thorson - SCM Contributing Editor

Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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