2012 Lola B1280 IMSA Racer

Courtesy of Auctions America

Available with powerplants from Nissan, Honda HPD, Lotus and, as with this example, the Judd BMW M3 V8, the Lola B1280 was the LMP2 version of the larger B08/60 chassis. With the large spinal fin, the car featured excellent stability at speed — a must for a car designed to go nearly 200 mph down the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans.

Formerly owned by Dempsey Racing and with extensive IMSA history including top 10 finishes at Lime Rock Park, Mid-Ohio, and Road America and appearances at Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta, the B1280 offered here is one of the last racing cars Lola completed before that storied company ceased operations in 2012.

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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