Unlike Charles Cooper at Cooper Cars Lola’s Eric Broadley was quick to realize the sales potential for a car designed to accept a variety of production-based US engines. John Surtees and his early involvement with the Ford GT40 project, which had grown out of his Lola Mk6 GT may have had something to do with this. It was this experience that explains, at least in part, why Lola’s resulting T70 is remembered as one of the marque’s great cars, whereas the Lotus Types 30 and 40— designed for the same market — have gone down in history as failures.
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