Lola 212 HU37
Created by British designer Eric Broadley during more than four decades at the helm of Lola Cars, the T212 was a very successful sports car and went on to win races at all sorts of venues and international 'Blue Riband' events.
In 1958, with the help of his cousin, Graham Broadley, Eric built a sports-racing car, powered by a Coventry Climax engine, around a tubular steel space frame chassis of his own design. The creation was immediately quick and in 1959 it proved itself to be a serious rival to the, previously unbeatable, Lotus Eleven. Following a crash at Goodwood that resulted in a trip to hospital, Broadley then made the decision that his future lay in the design and fabrication of racing cars, rather than driving them.
The Lola T212 offered here was constructed in 1971 and designed for 2-litre sports car, 'Group 6' competition. This car is Chassis number HU37 and was the very last 212 built by Lola (1 of 36). HU37 was sold new to Canadian brothers Maurice and Roger McCaig in 1971, however, probably due to the distance between circuits in the USA and Canada, it appears they did not compete in many events. There is some evidence showing them classified 9th at the Daytona 6 Hours, a race which was won by Andretti and Ickx in a Ferrari 312PB. They also competed at Sebring and Watkins Glen in the 1972 Championship.
The car was then sold into the Baker family collection and raced by Duncan Baker in the late 80s and early 90s in historic events. It continued to be maintained in this collection without being raced for a number of years until it was offered for sale when the Baker's father passed away and his sons had lost interest. In 2006, the car was purchased by David Gathercole in the U.K. He fully restored the car in 2006 from the ground up, using the original chassis frames but re-skinning the tub. The engine frames have the original Arch Motors numbers on them. The car was fitted with a brand new Richardson FVC (Ford Cosworth 1790cc) in 2007. Following this complete re-build, HU37 was purchased by Anthony Hancock(U.K.) in 2007. The car won at Donnington and the Silverstone Classic "World Sports Car Masters" in 2008, and they also competed in the Le Mans Classic in 2008. The Hancock family completed only 1,800 miles with the car whilst in their ownership. The current owner acquired the car in 2009 following an engine refresh (Geoff Richardson) and has only competed in a small number of events including the World Sports Car Masters at Brands Hatch in 2010. The little Lola has also enjoyed a few outings in Irish Historic races in recent years and the engine currently has covered 650 race miles.
The car comes with a good history file, a full set of slicks, four spare wheels (one original Lola set) with wets fitted, its Historic Technical Passport, and is race ready. Superbly prepared and attractively finished in Cream and Blue, this fabulous Lola T212 is well known in historic circles and naturally would be made very welcome at the world’s most prestigious sports car events.