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Today I saw this chassis, it has no ID. It comes with a Kent 1600 motor, but that is not original to the car. It is advertised as a 1972 Lola Formula Ford. I do not think it is as the chassis it built with round tubing! It has me stumped as it would be a good project, but without knowing the make, I would never know what body would goes on the car. Any help would be appreciated.

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Good spot! It is a Super Vee! Only 26 made! Rare but where do you get a body in the US and it still needs a VW Rabbit motor!

Lola Heritage T620

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Crazy! Never would have thought with such small numbers to find another owner. I’m out the door now Bristol, but I will contact you or have the owner pm you though myself. Heading to College Station Texas for a special graduation so I’ll be on the road. My daughter is getting her Masters in Engineering. I wonder if she could CAD it?
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Check out the Lola Registry (thelolaregistry.com). Webmaster Allan Chou has a T-620. He's a super guy and he may well have a source. He'll also want to know about yours.

Also, Carl Haas was the Lola importer forever. A friend who worked for Haas reported that they never discarded anything. Might be worth ringing them on the off-chance they still have some dusty spares.
 
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I will inform the owner and keep it in mind if I purchase the car. It is missing so much and they are the rarest and most expensive parts!
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Oh, I thought it was in your garage already! I was going to ask you the chassis and type number from the chassis tag.

FWIW, the first FF I looked at buying was a Lola T-580 (F2000) which had been converted to FF1600 specs (basically a T-540, but with centerlock hubs). The T-620 is probably going to be worth more these days converted back to 620 specs, but I sure wouldn't mind running it for a season or two as a 620/540. I think the majority of Swift DB-6 (F2000) have been converted to DB-1/6 (FF1600) these days, so there's certainly precedent!
 
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I was under the impression that with a conversion would not be possible to run the car in vintage FF. The chassis is so much like the t540 I would figure it could be converted to use the Kent engine. A body could be found or made if you had more give someone more options.
 

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I believe it would depend on the vintage organization, and maybe on when the conversion was done. If it had been converted in period, and if you could present period log books and/or race records to support the claim, I think just about any organization "should" accept it. Some organizations -- those which will accept a Bugeye Sprite which was only turned into a racecar last year -- would have even less of an issue with it.

If it has a log book listing it as an FF1600, you could run it as FF/CFF/HFF in Regionals (oops, sorry, they're called Divisionals now) or with non-SCCA groups (Midwestern Council, FRCCA, etc).

Not that any of the above makes this car a can't-miss deal. Just... might not be as worthless as it may appear.
 
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Bugeye Sprite which was only turned into a racecar last year -- would have even less of an issue with it……

Like this one….😀😀😀😀
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Exactly! :smile:

BTW, I didn't mean that in a negative way -- just pointing out that one or two somewhat hoity-toity organizations define "vintage race cars" as "cars that were raced pre-19xx." The ones who define "vintage race cars" as "pre-19xx cars prepared for racing" tend to be a little more laid back and a lot of fun!
 

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Good spot! It is a Super Vee! Only 26 made! Rare but where do you get a body in the US and it still needs a VW Rabbit motor!

Lola Heritage T620

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Paul
Paul, thanks for the magnificent rabbit hole! (y)
 
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Thank you. The chassis is still available if anyone is interested. I have looked at another car that is a project and further along and most importantly has a transmission. The price of those Hewland transmissions is crazy $$. I have another rabbit hole chassis that I have some information about that I might post later today.
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Old ZF? :cool:(y)
 

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I can’t see if a price was ever stated. To confirm if it is a Formula Ford or a Super Vee… wheel stud pattern and brake caliper origin.
 
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$4200.00
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Looks like it is still available. The seller is a very nice guy.
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Yes it is Doug. I came a long way from the $500 Bugeye!
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I can’t see if a price was ever stated. To confirm if it is a Formula Ford or a Super Vee… wheel stud pattern and brake caliper origin.

Or just the type number on the chassis tag. And if the chassis tag is missing... then it's worth even less.

The front wheels look (almost?) like 4-bolt but the rears definitely have a center nut.

And that engine block number... Unless there's an "L" cast into the other side of the block, it's a late "non-uprated" block. Meaning that it originally had the weaker round main bearing caps and would only be suitable for vintage racing. But with the wet sump pan and generator still in place, it's clear the car never raced with that engine. So you're talking body, transmission, AND engine.

Might be a fun CSR/DSR conversion project for $4200 but the title of the ad says $42,000!

For $4200, sell the engine to someone building a Cortina (or other Kent-engined thing). Adapt a motorcycle drivetrain, make your own bodywork, and have fun with the Sports Racer classes.
 
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