1968 McLaren M6B McLeagle news, pictures, specifications, and information
Sports Roadster
Chassis Num: 50-10
The McLeagle is based on a 1968 McLaren M6B, which was the production version of the very successful 1967 M6 that won the championship for the McLaren team. Twenty-eight M6Bs were produced, but the McLeagle is unique. It was purchased by Dan Gurney's All American Racers (AAR) and heavily modified by them. Since all AAR-built cars were called Eagles, it received the nickname 'McLeagle.' Modifications included replacing many parts with Titanium pieces, suspension geometry changes, reshaped nose, and cockpit changes to accommodate Gurney's larger frame.

The AAR-run car never appeared at any two races in the same configuration. The tail section was substantially changed for 1969, and various wing setups were tried. During 1968 and 1969, it used several versions of Ford-based engines. After failure to obtain any suitable Ford engines in mid-1969 (causing it to miss 6 races) a big-block Chevrolet was installed for the final three races. It is restored to this late 1969 (Laguna Seca and Riverside) configuration.

Its race record with AAR was not stellar, with a lot of DNFs and best finish of 4th (at Riverside.) It did, however, run as high as 2nd at Riverside. Dan Gurney drove the car in most of its 1968-1969 appearances, but Swede Savage drove in two of the 1968 outings.

Bob Brown purchased the car after the 1969 season and ran it, essentially unchanged except for removal of the suspension-mounted wing, in 1970 and early 1971. he actually achieved somewhat more success than AAR, with five top-ten finishes in 1970. The current owner purchased it in 1977.
Designed by Robin Herd and Gordon Coppuck and build by McLaren, the McLaren M7A and its B, C and D variants are Formula One racing vehicles.

The M6B weighed in around 1,700 lbs and had in the neighborhood of 600hp. An aluminum monocoque, the M6B was quite different from modern racecars, basically as sheet aluminum origami secured with rivets. Secured with removable pins, the only ‘safety cage' to mention is a not very confidence inspiring main hoop, braced only with a stringer from the center top of the hood back to the head of the engine.

An excellent design, the M6B was the first monocoque chassis McLaren. Strong, simple and an aerodynamically efficient package, the factory attempted to sell a number of replicas to eager customers hoping to duplicate its success. This of course never happened as the customers were always based on last year's model, while the factory team raced the latest and newest improved hardware.

Can-Am vehicles clearly occupy the ground where adrenaline and testosterone are at the maximum. At the same time these vehicles are both absolutely terrifying yet wildly exciting.

In 1966 the basic concept of Can-Am's debut was 'professional, minimum rules, closed wheel sports cars, who can go fastest'. A quantum leap in tire technology soon made it a contest of getting the most horsepower to the ground and horsepower quickly became the mantra of the series.

McLaren's M6B was designed to take the GM small-block V8 and mate it to a Hewland LG five-speed transaxle.

Only 28 models of the M6B were ever produced in 1968. They were sold for approximately $14,000.

By Jessica Donaldson
Recent Vehicle Additions

1950 Cisitalia Colombo 1100

2011 BMW M3 GT

1941 Cadillac Custom Limousine

2017 Alpine A470

1956 Bangert Manta Ray

1980 Lancia Beta Monte Carlo
For more information and related vehicles, click here

David Hobbs Named Guest Speaker for Picnic in the Park
 MONTEREY, Calif., Feb. 16, 2016 - British race car driving legend, Formula 1 television commentator, 2009 Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee, businessman and all-around unbridled storyteller David Hobbs will share his escapades as the highlighted guest speaker at the annual Picnic in the Park on Saturday, Aug. 20. The annual picnic is traditionally a fan favorite of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which will be held Aug. 18-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Joining Hobbs on stag...[Read more...]
 HILLIARD, Ohio (Oct. 23, 2015) - Twenty-six race-car drivers and motorsports professionals have been voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club in 2015. The group includes 11 Regular Members from the open-wheel and sports-car racing ranks, 10 Associate Members and five Honorary Members. The current roster of RRDC members now numbers 486. Voting was held among all current RRDC members. 'The RRDC is honored to announce the addition to its roster a group of outstanding racing champions and o...[Read more...]
Scott Pruett to be Honored Guest at Picnic in the Park
Scott Pruett is Special Guest to Highlight Picnic in the Park at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion MONTEREY, Calif., July 9, 2015 — Sports car racing legend and award-winning winemaker Scott Pruett will be the honored guest at the annual Picnic in the Park at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 15. The Picnic has become a traditional favorite for fans who enjoy hearing the tales of legends during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 13-16 at Mazda Racewa...[Read more...]
Sonoma Historics' Racing Seminar to discuss Can-Am and Shadow Race Cars
 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival's Racing Seminar to discuss early Can-Am years and the radical Shadow Race Cars SONOMA, Calif. (May 12, 2014) - For the third straight year, the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival (May 17-18) will host one of its popular racing seminars at Sonoma Raceway. This year's seminar will celebrate the early years of the iconic SCCA Can-Am Series, which ran from 1966 to 1974, with a focus on the unique Shadow race cars that competed in the Series f...[Read more...]
Shelby Heritage Display Features Rarest of the Rare at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Complementing the impressive number of authentic competition Shelby Cobras thundering around the circuit in their dedicated race group (3A) at this year's Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-19, will be a collection of unequalled magnitude at Ford Motor Company's onsite Shelby Cobra Heritage Display. The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a cornerstone, along with the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, of Monterey Classic Car Week. The event is ...[Read more...]

1968 Can-Am Drivers Championship
1  Denis Clive 'Denny' Hulme Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M8A Chevrolet   Chevrolet   35 
2  Bruce Leslie McLaren Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M8A Chevrolet   Chevrolet   24 
3  Mark Neary Donohue, Jr. Penske Cars McLaren M6B   Chevrolet   23 
4  Jim Hall Chaparral Cars, Midland Texas Chaparral 2G   Chevrolet   12 
5  Lothar Motschenbacher LeadusDana Chevrolet Racing McLaren M6B  McLaren M6B   Oldsmobile  Chevrolet  Ford   11 
6  John Cannon    10 
7  George Follmer Agapiou Brothers Lola T70 MKIII   Ford  Chevrolet   
8  Jerry Titus    
9  Chuck Parsons Carl Haas Racing Lola T160   Chevrolet   
9  Sam Posey Caldwell AutodynamicsAutodynamics CorporationCaldwell Autodynamics Caldwell D-7  Lola T160  Lola T160   Ford  Chevrolet   
11  George Ross Eaton    
12  Peter Jeffrey Revson Shelby American Racing McLaren M6B   Ford  Chevrolet   
12  David Earl 'Swede' Savage Jr. All American Racers Lola T160  Lola T160  McLaren M6B   Ford   
14  Dick Brown Ecurie Greene Inc McLaren M6B  McLaren M6B   Ford  Chevrolet   
15  Daniel Sexton Gurney All American Racers McLaren M6B  Lola T160   Ford   
15  Charlie Hayes Salyer Racing McKee MK10  McKee MK10   Chevrolet  Oldsmobile   


Image Left 1967 M6B
© 1998-2017. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.