1969 Lola T163

1969 Lola T163

1969 Lola T163

Continued development of the Lola Can-Am car resulted in the winged Lola T163 of 1969.

The T163 used a lightweight alloy monocoque with a dry-sump big-block Chevrolet V8.

Chassis SL 163/17 was built specifically for Roger Penske and Mark Donohue using lightweight materials such as titanium and thinner 20-gauge aluminum. The result was inconsistent and the car was later converted to regular specification of the 5 other cars.

In Detail

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typeRacing Car
engineChevrolet V8
positionMid, Longitudinal
front brakesVentilated Steel Discs
f brake size254.00 x 381.00 mm / 10 x 15 in
rear brakesVentilated Steel Discs
r brake size406.40 x 381.00 mm / 16 x 15 in
f suspensionDouble Wishbones
r suspensionHalf Axles w/Trailing Arms
transmissionLG 600 5-speed gearbox

1969 Lola T163 Can Am SL163/20 – did not sell for $85,000

Chassis SL163/20 was delivered to American Lola importer Carl Haas on June 6, 1969. Its first owner, G Auto USA didn’t utilize the car, so in 1970 it was sold to SCCA racer Steve Weaver of Indianapolis. Weaver drove SL163/20 to 3rd place in the SCCA Central National Division points standings, with two outright wins at Michigan and Indianapolis Raceway Park. At the completion of the season, Weaver sold the SL163/20 chassis to Gregory Hodges, who campaigned it in SCCA California events. In 1973, Tony Settember acquired the car and entered it in the 1973 Laguna Seca Can-Am, where it blew a head gasket on just the second lap. SL163/20’s last appearance in Can-Am was under the ownership of Charles Semple, whose driver Bob Kemple qualified for the 1973 Riverside race but failed to start. After retiring from active racing, the car had a number of documented owners within America, New Zealand and France, who displayed it in their personal collections. In 2009, SL163/20 returned to California when it was sold to its latest owner. He had the car prepared for vintage racing by Toluca Lake Historics.
Auction Source: The Daytime Auction in Monterey by Mecum