Back in 1958, the now-defunct British race car engineering specialist Lola Cars was established by Eric Broadley. It was once one of the biggest race car manufacturers in the world, with many of its chassis frequent flyers in Formula 1 and 2. One of its earlier models, the T160, was also often seen in sportscar competitions across the globe in the late 1960s.
The Lola T160, chassis number SL160/10, left the factory in 1968 and was immediately put into service on US circuits. By the early 1980s, it was snatched up by Arizona tuner Can-Am Constructors. The first thing they did was to upgrade the chassis to T165 specifications, before adding a widened fibreglass Lola T70 Mk III gullwing body to create a custom-built street car. The 9-inch wider body was finished in yellow with blue LeMans stripes, and paired with centre-lock 15-inch magnesium wheels with black spokes and polished rims.
At the heart of this creation is a 460ci Chevrolet MK IV V8 engine with four dual-throat Weber carburettors, an Inglese intake system, Magneto ignition, and dry-sump lubrication supported by a 32-gallon fuel tank. The interior features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, retro-style speedometer and tachometer, aircraft-style circuit breakers and more. Upon the completion of the conversion, the car was featured on the April 1984 issue of Road & Track magazine and various Concours events.
The stunning street-legal car was recently sold on the online auction site Bring a Trailer for US$ 307,777, proving that Lola is still an important name in the history of motorsport.