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1968 Lola T70 Mk3 – chassis SL73/128.



We are delighted to offer the 1968 ex-Chuck Parson “Simoniz” / Bob Nagel “Thermo King” Lola T70 Mk3 – chassis SL73/128.

Introduced in 1967, the Lola T70 Mk3 was available in both coupe and spyder versions with the conversion from one version to the other relatively quick and simple. This enabled the car to be raced in the world championship and Group 4 races as a coupe, and as a Group 7 spyder in the Can-Am series.

SL73/128 was built as a Mk3 spyder for US Lola importer Carl Haas and was delivered new on 16th February 1968 and fitted with a Bartz prepared 365cid 5900cc Chevrolet V8 mated to a Hewland LG600 gearbox. Sponsored by Simoniz and painted in their orange and white livery, SL73/128 was raced in the 1968 United States Road Racing Championship by Chuck Parsons who finished third overall. The complete, continuous ownership and race history of this exceptional Lola T70 Mk3 can be found further below in the history section. A full and extensive history file comes with the car.

SL73/128 is arguably one of the best Mk3’s when it comes to provenance, documentation and preparation. Its ownership chain is unbroken while its race history with well known drivers Chuck Parson and Bob Nagel is excellent and fully documented. Add to this its top notch preparation with a Mathwall 5.7 liter SMB Chevy engine (only 3 hours running) and no-expenses-spared maintenance by both its prior and current owner. Interestingly, the car is currently fitted with coupe bodywork (in Simoniz livery) but also comes with a separate, complete spyder body (which has already been fitted to the car previously) so SL73/128 can be run as both coupe and spyder depending on the new owner’s preference, race venue or eligibility criteria. 

Additional spares are 2 sets of wheels and miscellaneous running spares. The FIA HTP is from 2017 so valid for another 10 years. Fuel cell, seat belts and fire extinguisher are all current. There is nothing further to spend on this car to go racing.

This is a no-stories, proper pedigree Lola T70 Mk3 “big banger” which is eligible for all historic race events such as Masters WSM, CER, Le Mans Classic, Daytona 24hr classic, etc. where it is always a front running car. A properly driven T70 Mk3 is as quick as a Mk3B and is amazingly friendly and lots of fun to drive. 


SL73/128 was built as a Mk3 spider for US Lola importer Carl Haas and was delivered new on 16th February 1968 and was fitted with a Bartz prepared 365cid 5900cc Chevrolet V8 mated to a Hewland LG600 gearbox. Sponsored by Simoniz and painted in their orange and white livery, SL73/128 was raced in the 1968 USRRC Championship by Chuck Parsons who finished third overall in the series. 

In the fall of 1968, SL73/128 was sold to SCCA national club racer Bob Nagel of Bethel park, Pennsylvania who collected the car direct engineless from Carl Haas. Bob fitted a big-block Ford 427cid 7000cc engine and repainted the car in the white and blue colours of his sponsor, Thermo King who made air-conditioning units for cars and trucks. Bob raced the car in national SCCA events and selected Can-Am events up until 1970 and in that time won two Virginia national Cups, in 1968 and ’69 and two Vandergrift Cups at Cumberland in 1969 and ’70. Bob also qualified for three consecutive US Champions SCCA run-offs from 1968 to 1970. 

Bob sold SL73/128 in late ’70 to aircraft engineering Gene Fisher, an enthusiastic club racer who did well enough with the car to continue the tradition of SL73/128 appearing at the US Championship for a further two years in 1971 and 1972 making it five appearances in a row and establishing in the process a unique record for any T70.

In 1974 SL73/128 was imported into the UK by Stephen Langton and Fred Bray, but they had a disagreement and the car was sold unraced or ever used by them. Ray Potter bought the car in 1976 and campaigned the car in historics until selling it to Nigel Hulme in 1980. Nigel raced the car for three seasons, still as a spider with the big-block Ford V8 until converting the car in 1984 to Mk3B coupe spec with a 5-litre Chevrolet V8 for another three seasons of racing. In 1988 Nigel offered the car Peter Kaus for his recently opened Bianco-Rosso museum. Peter converted the car back to Mk3 spider spec and was displayed like this in white and red untouched and unused until the museum closed its doors in 2006.

A rescue package saw the collection pass to the Louwmann Family Collection in Holland who auctioned off all the cars they didn’t want, including SL73/128 which was bought at auction by historic racer Shaun Lynn who commissioned Clive Robertson to fully restore the car. Restored over a three year period as a Mk3 coupe in Simoniz livery, the chassis was adapted so that a spare spider body also finished in Simoniz livery, could be fitted. 

In 2010 the car was sold to Alberto Francioni who raced the car for two years in both coupe and spider form until he unfortunately lost his life in a road accident in 2012. Shortly after it was sold to the current owner who has raced the T70 in UK and European historics.


16/02/68: Carl Haas, Greenwich Automobiles, 1732 First Street, Highland Park, Chicago, Illinois

US Lola Agent & Importer

built to Mk3 spider spec

fitted with Bartz/Chevrolet 365cid/5900c V8

fitted with Hewland gearbox no.045

sponsored by Simoniz - painted orange and white

raced 1968 USRRC - Chuck Parsons - 3rd overall in championship

09/68: Bob Nagel, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA

fitted with Ford Galaxie 427cid/7000cc V8

repainted white and blue - repainted blue mid ‘69 - rear body modified in ‘70

sponsored by Thermo King

raced 1968/70 National SCCA & Can-Am - Bob Nagel - five national wins

1st - ’68 Steel Cites, ’68 Virginia, ’69 Virginia, ’69 Cumberland, ’70 Cumberland

qualified US Champions ’68, ’69 and ‘70

12/70: Gene Fisher, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA

fitted with Ford Galaxie 427cid/7000cc V8

raced 1971/72 National SCCA - Gene Fisher

qualified US Champions ’71 and ‘72

74: Stephen Langton & Fred Ray, Streatham Common Service Station, UK

joint ownership - never used - sold after disagreement

76: Ray Potter, London, UK

purchased via Ian Webb, Northdown Racing

painted blue with white centre stripe

raced 1977/79 historics - Ray Potter

11/79: Nigel Hulme, UK

raced 1980/83 historics - Nigel Hulme

fitted with standard Mk3 spider tail in 1981

painted blue - sponsored by Home Tune

converted to Mk3B coupe spec in 1984

painted blue - sponsored by Home Tune

raced 1984//87 historics - Nigel Hulme

88: Peter Kaus, Rosso-Bianco Collection, Aschaffenburg, Germany

converted back to Mk3 spider spec with Sbarro body

painted white with red centre stripe

on permanent display in museum

never used

collection liquidated in 2006

06: Louwmann Family Collection, Holland

acquired complete Rosso-Bianco collection

01/09/06 - Bonhams Goodwood Revival Auction - Lot 227 - sold for £133,500

01/09/06: Shaun Lynn, UK

restored as Mk3 coupe by Clive Robinson

in orange and white Simoniz livery

also with spare spider bodywork in Simoniz livery

raced 2009/2010 historics and Goodwood Festival

17/11/10: Alberto Francioni, France

raced 2011 historics

sold after fatal road traffic accident to Francioni

12: Current owner

raced 2013-2017 historics


Carl Hass Simoniz Racing
Bartz-Chevrolet 365cid 5900cc V8

31/03/68: Mexico City, USRRC #10 C.Parsons 8th 49 laps

24/04/68: Riverside 200, USRRC #10 C.Parsons 4th 59 laps

05/05/68: Laguna Seca 200, USRRC #10 C.Parsons 4th 78 laps

19/05/68: Bridgehampton, USRRC #10 C.Parsons 2nd 60 laps

02/06/68: St Jovite, USRRC #10 C.Parsons 6th 58 laps

30/06/68: Pacific Northwest GP, Kent, USRRC #10 C.Parsons 2nd 70 laps

13/07/68: Watkins Glen, USRRC #10 C.Parsons 2nd 86 laps

28/07/68: Road America 500, USRRC #10 C.Parsons/S.Scott Rtd split fuel tank

Thermo King Racing Team

Ford 427cid 7000cc V8

15/09/68: Bridgehampton, Can-Am #24 B.Nagel Rtd gearbox

21/09/68: Steel Cities, SCCA Nelson Ledges #24 B.Nagel 1st 10 laps

29/09/68: Virginia Cup, SCCA National #24 B.Nagel 1st 10 laps

10/11/68: Stardust GP, Las Vegas Can-Am #24 B.Nagel 13th 61 laps

24/11/68: US Champions, Riverside #24 B.Nagel 3rd 21 laps

27/04/69: Virginia, SCCA National #24 B.Nagel 1st 110 laps

18/05/69: Vandergrift Cup, Cumberland SCCA #24 B.Nagel 1st 10 laps

01/06/69: Mosport Can-Am #24 B.Nagel Rtd blown engine

15/06/69: St Jovite Can-Am #24 B.Nagel Rtd magneto

13/07/69: Watkins Glen Can-Am #24 B.Nagel 13th 77 laps

17/08/69: Mid-Ohio Can-Am #24 B.Nagel 16th 65 laps

31/08/69: Road America Can-Am #24 B.Nagel Rtd gearbox

14/09/69: Bridgehampton Can-Am #24 B.Nagel Rtd water pump

28/09/69: Michigan Can-Am #24 B.Nagel Rtd intake manifold

12/10/69: Monterey GP, Laguna Seca Can-Am #24 B.Nagel Rtd mechanical

26/10/69: LA Times GP, Riverside Can-Am #24 B.Nagel n/c 44 laps

30/11/69: US Champions, Daytona #24 B.Nagel Rtd mechanical

16/05/70: Vandergrift Cup, Cumberland SCCA #24 B.Nagel 1st 10 laps

14/06/70: Mosport Can-Am #24 B.Nagel Rtd oil pressure

28/06/70: St Jovite Can-Am #24 B.Nagel Rtd magneto shaft

12/07/70: Watkins Glen Can-Am #24 B.Nagel 17th 74 laps

26/07/70: Edmonton Can-Am #24 B.Nagel DNA did not arrive

23/08/70: Mid-Ohio Can-Am #24 B.Nagel 10th 70 laps

30/08/70: Road America Can-Am #24 B.Nagel Rtd clutch

13/09/70: Road Atlanta Can-Am #24 B.Nagel DNS did not start

01/11/70: LA Times GP, Riverside Can-Am #24 B.Nagel Rtd overheating

29/11/70: US Champions, Road Atlanta #24 B.Nagel Rtd mechanical

Gene Fisher Racing

Ford 427cid 7000cc V8

28/11/71: US Champions, Road Atlanta - G.Fisher DNS did not start

26/11/72: US Champions, Road Atlanta - G.Fisher Rtd accident



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