1973 Lola T292SOLD

Lola T292

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The Crowne Racing Lola T292 2.0 Litre BDG, in which Chris Craft won the 1973 European 2-Litre Sportscar Championship of Makes. Since coming to the UK in 2009, the 2.0 BDG engine has been recently stripped and rebuilt by Adams McCall Engineering and a new MSA Historic Technical Passport has been issued. This is an opportunity to acquire a well documented and historically significant Championship winning Lola from the great era of the early 70’s Sportscar Championship, which it dominated in period. With 2.0 Sportscars rapidly rising in popularity amongst collectors wishing to compete at the front end of historic racing events, such as The Classic Endurance Racing Series, Le Mans Classic, HSCC Martini Trophy and V de V European endurance series HU55 has the potential to return as a front-running and highly desirable historic Sportscar. HU-55 comes with a fresh engine, extensive history paperwork, FIA HTP and 2 sets of spare wheels. ..... for more information visit www.RMD.be

Reference Number 207851

as of 6/16/2017

Overview
Car 1973 Lola T292
VIN HU-55 
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Known History

Built by Lola Cars Ltd in March 1973, Lola factory records confirm that chassis HU55 was finished in Black and was originally U.K. supplied to Crowne Racing Team. Fitted with a 2.0 Litre Ford Cosworth BDG engine and Hewland gearbox (no: FGA 24), chassis. HU55 also featured a uniquely designed rear wing shape, which it still retains today.

In the hands of a very competitive Chris Craft, The Crowne Racing T292 BDG - HU55, dominated a highly contested season, comprising mostly of two heats at each of the following 8 rounds;

 

 

 

 

Circuit

 

 

Result

 

 

Driver

 

 

 

 

Paul Ricard

 

 

DNF / DNS

 

 

Chris Craft

 

 

 

 

Misano

 

 

1st / 2nd

 

 

Chris Craft

 

 

 

 

Imola

 

 

1st / 2nd

 

 

Chris Craft

 

 

 

 

Trophée d'Auvergne

 

 

DNF

 

 

Chris Craft

 

 

 

 

Coppa Cita di Enna

 

 

1st / 16th

 

 

Chris Craft

 

 

 

 

500 km Nürburgring

 

 

DNF / 2nd

 

 

Chris Craft

 

 

 

 

Zeltweg

 

 

DNF / DNS

 

 

Chris Craft

 

 

 

 

400Km Barcelona

 

 

1st / 2nd

 

 

Chris Craft

 

 

 

 

Ref: wsrp.ic.cz/mesport1973.html

In January 1974 the car was advertised in Autosport and sold by Crowne Racing to Mr. Fratelli Pederzani of Bologna, who’s family were the owners of the famous Tecno Factory. For obvious reasons the car was then fitted with a 2 litre Tecno flat 8 engine (the smaller brother to the Tecno 3 litre Flat 12 Formula One engine). This engine proved to be very powerful but also fragile. The car was entered in July to the Missano round of the 1974 European 2 Litre Sportscar Championship driven by the Tecno Factory driver - Jean Pierre Jassaud. The car set the 3rd fastest time behind the Works Alpine A 441’s but did not start due to engine issues. HU55 completed further tests always with Jassaud at the wheel, but is not known to have raced again with Techno.

It was then sold to Mr. Angelo Giliberti, a private hill-climb racer from Sicily. He drove it for many seasons using different engines – there is reference to a race in 1980 at Pergusa using a 1600 cc engine. After this point the car was sold to Salvatore Tornatore, of Elmas in Italy, who also competed with the car in hill-climbs before having an accident. The car remained in the ownership of Mr. Tornatore without being repaired for many years until eventually being sold to Mr. Casazza of Florence in early 2000. Casazza who was already racing a Lola T298 at the time, neither used or repaired HU55, instea..... for more information visit www.RMD.be