Race car that starred in 1969 Steve McQueen classic Le Mans, goes under the hammer

1969 Lola T70 MkIII B being offered by Silverstone Auctions
1969 Lola T70 MkIII B being offered by Silverstone Auctions

SILVERSTONE Auctions is putting a 1969 Lola race car which starred in the classic Steve McQueen film “Le Mans” under the hammer.

Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro & Classic Car Sale could see the Lola T70 sell for between £570,000 and £650,000. It was one of three MKIII B’s used in the action-packed film, which now enjoys iconic status.

The actual model going under the hammer on February 23 at Stoneleigh Park was repainted yellow for the movie and was seen spinning on the downhill approach to the Indianapolis corner. It was then cloned to look like a Gulf-Porsche 917 for a spectacular crash sequence.

Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said: “It’s rare for a car with such a colourful history, including a starring role in one of the most famous films of the 1970s, to be offered for auction, so we’re absolutely delighted to have secured it for the Race Retro & Classic Car Sale.

“Indeed, whether you’re a fan of the big screen, love cars that are built purely for excitement, or just admire its amazing styling, you have to admit that this is one very special race car.”

Full details of the 1969 Lola T70 MkIII B can be found at www.silverstoneauctions.com.