CHASSIS NUMBER: SL70/3
SL70/3 was the first T70 to be built and made its public debut at the end of January 1965, at the London Racing Car Show held at the Olympia Exhibitions Halls. Painted dark blue with a white centre stripe, the car was the star of the show.
After the show, the car was sold to John Mecom on the 11th March then flown out by air arriving at Houston on the morning of the 13th. This was the first T70 exported to the USA.
On arrival in America, SL70/3 was re-sprayed in the metallic blue and white racing colours of the Mecom Racing Team and promptly entered into the Sebring 12 Hours. The week before the 12 hours, SL70/3 was taken to Sebring for initial shakedown and pre-event checks, where it ran well.
The car's racing debut therefore came at the 1965 Sebring 12 Hours, where, driven by John Cannon and Jack Saunders, the car unfortunately retired when an oil cooler broke. At Pensacola for the frist round of the 1965 USRRC in early April, Walt Hansgen put the car on pole, however, he retired after twelve laps. In early May, at Riverside, Hansgen qualified third but was forced to use Mecom's new mid-engined Scarab after a cracked block on the engine. At Laguna Seca, Han
1965 lola t70 mark-1 spyder chassis sl70 3 blue metallic