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#251 RickT

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 09:33

Hi Tony

Not just any Mk3 either, it was one of the two ex Le Mans Aston Martin engined cars, although it had a Chevy motor when Clive had it.

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#252 Frank S

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:12

At a private test session, Willow Springs, March 1984:

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#253 Giraffe

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 20:42

Autosport today reports that the ex-John Woolfe / Team VdS T70 Mk3b SL76 / 146 has been acquired by Grant Tromans and brought back from the US with the possibility of it competing at this July's Le Mans Classic with Ray Bellm behind the wheel.
Here is an 8mm clip of the car that I took in the paddock at Oulton Park in May 1969 when it was brand new, and entered by John in the Tourist Trophy for Dickie Attwood.

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#254 Giraffe

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 07:42

I note that before the car went to auction, Bonhams declared:

Lot Notice:
Please note, the chassis number for the Lola is SL76/1138 and not SL76/138 as catalogued


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By giraffe138 at 2011-12-07


Looking at the March / April issue of Vintage Motorsport, I notice that John Starkey has this car up for sale again, no mention of chassis numbers this time.......

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#255 Giraffe

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 16:37

Well it did appear at the Silverstone Classic, 2 years later than originally planned.....

 

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...and it was in Colin Bennett's garage at Silverstone this weekend, still not quite ready to run. My understanding is that Michael Hanson who  owns the car, is rumoured to have turned down an offer of £1m for it.
 
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#256 rgriffs

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 22:10

lots of great photos on this section, but can anyone advise me on this, were the mk3 and the mk3b roughly the same width across the mid section of the sills, although they used different chassis ? can anyone supply some dimensions for the mk3.



#257 Giraffe

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 11:15

The wheelbase was 95 ins for both the Mk3 & Mk3b & the track was virtually the same at 57/58ins dependant upon rims (could reduce to 54ins).

Interestingly, the Mk3 was lighter than the 3b at 1760lbs as opposed to 1930lbs.



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 10:53

giraffe, thanks for your reply, but it is the width of the bodywork, especially at the sills that i am after, i am a model maker who is trying to make a mk3 from a mk3b (in 1/24 scale), i read that the mk3 coupe and late spyder were essentially the same car, with body removed, can anyone throw any light on that ? as i would also like a spyder in my collection. thanks in anticipation.



#259 AJB

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 19:22

As a totally uneducated guess, I'd say yes. But what is the MkIIIb kit?

You probably know that Tamiya make a 1/24 T70 Spyder slot car body, which might make your task a lot easier



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#260 Tim Murray

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 20:28

The Mk3 Spyder and the Mk 3 Coupé used the same chassis. In his book Lola T70 V8 Coupés - A Technical Appraisal Ian Bamsey quotes from Lola publicity material of the time:
 

A unique feature of this car is that its chassis is identical to that of the Lola Type 70 Mk. III sports-racing car. This revolutionary feature means that entrants in both European G.T. events and American Can Am sports car races can substantially reduce running expenditure by converting the sports car into its G.T. version, and vice versa.

See also this post from earlier in this thread:
 

The MKIII was designed from the beginning to allow for such conversion. While it probably took months to convert it to spyder form initially, at this point the conversion back to coupe could be done in a weekend making it a versatile car for various series. Notice that the car retains the low crossbeam of the coupe and the wiper motor.
I hope he brings it to Road America.

The Mk 3B Coupé used the T162 chassis. It's not clear in the book exactly how this differed from the T70 version.



#261 SCHKEE T332

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 00:54

The cab width of a MkIII and a Mk3b coupe are the same even though the actual parts are different. The bulkhead firewall panel is different for instance.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:12

The width is about 6'

#263 rgriffs

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 17:27

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thanks for your replies, i must have read that info as i have both ian bamsey and john starkeys books on this subject. my interest is with regard to modelling, i have made the t70 mk3b in 1/24 scale from resin. i would like to do the earlier ones too, it's as easy to get it right as get it wrong. so a little bit of research now will ensure i get it close to being right.


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#264 ibsenop

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 17:43

For reference

 

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#265 rgriffs

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 20:41

ibsenop.

thank you, i have seen your work previously, they look very nice. they will come in very handy for me. :up: