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Lola GT Mk 6 1963 - John Mecom

The Lola GT Mk 6 1963 was introduced at the 1963 Racing Car Show in London. It was a racing car corresponding to the GT Prototype serie. The original car was equiped with a 4,7 Litre Ford V8 engine placed behind the driver. The car is based on fabricated sheet metal pontoons at each side, joined by a stressed floor. Welded to the front of this structure is a space frame outrigger carrying the front suspensions. At the back the pontoons converge to carry the rear suspensions and the Ford V8 engine with Colotti 5 speed gearbox and transaxle. The sills carry flexible fuel tanks and air is fed to the carburatter through a collector box from a roof intake. This air supply system was eventually refused by Le Mans Endurance scrutineers for lack of backward vision and was replaced by side air intakes. The body was made of glass fibre reinforced composite. The Lola GT Mk6 was extremely compact with a 3,85 m length and a 1,00 m height. Three Lola GT were built at Lola Cars Limited's factory in Bromley, Kent, England. The price of the car without engine and transmission was £ 3.400 in 1963. The Lola GT Mk6 was entered in several endurance races in Europe like Nurburgring 1.000 km and 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours where it suffered an accident when driver David Hobbs had trouble with gear change. Ford purchased Lola GT Mk6 as test bed for the development of their endurance racing Ford GT and Eric Broadley, the founder of the Company was hired as a consultant for two years. He later returned to operate Lola Cars Limited that has since become one of the largest supplier of racing cars.

John Mecom from Texas was running Mecom Racing Team with Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport when he decided to order a Lola GT. He requested the Lola to be equiped with a Chevrolet V8 engine 5900cc developing approximately 540 bhp for a weight of 825 kg. It first appeared at Brands Hatch International Trophy in 1964. It was later entered in many other races in the U.S.A. such as Road Atlanta, Nassau Speedweek, LA Times at Riverside,...

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