Freakin' gorgeous! And the guy has owned it for 50 years, bought it directly from Lola when he worked in the Ford racing shop on the other side of the building. For $3000.
The Lola Mk6 GT might look familiar -- if you squint, you'll see a resemblance to the Ford GT40 that swept the 24 Hours of Le Mans podium in 1966. If you don't see it, squint harder. Ford basically took all of the good ideas from this Lola and used them to build the now-legendary GT40.
This particular Lola has been owned since 1965 by Allen Grant, who worked with Carroll Shelby during the GT40's development. Grant started his career with Shelby as a welder but eventually got himself behind the wheel of a Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. It only makes sense for someone involved in the development of Ford’s Le Mans winner to get his hands on that car’s predecessor.
Grant spent a staggering $3,000 on this Lola in 1965, which, when adjusted for inflation, is about $23K. The Lola was missing its engine and transmission, but both were replaced during the car’s near-perfect restoration. Since rising from obsolete racer to historical artifact, the car’s value has skyrocketed. Leno even offers to double Grant’s money and buy the Lola for a cool $6K.
Since it's a pure race car, Leno and Grant don’t take the Lola out for a spin, but they do fire off the reworked Ford mill. The sound? Well, hear for yourself in the video above. You won’t be disappointed.