1972 McLaren M19C news, pictures, specifications, and information
Chassis Num: M19C-2
Chassis number M19C-2 was the second of the two M19Cs built and was used by Peter Revson. The other car, M19C-1, was used by Denny Hulme from April of 1972 into the 1973 season. M19C-2's best performance was a second and third place finish. In 1973, the car earned another podium finish before the new M23 was introduced.

After the M19C career was over, the car was sold and later fitted with a small-block Chevrolet V8 engine and used in F5000 competition. In the early 1980s, the car was restored back to its original configuration and has been used in historic competition.

In 2005, the car was offered for sale at the Quail auction presented by Bonhams & Butterfields. The car was estimated to sell for $370,000 - $400,000. Unfortunately, bidding failed to satisfy the vehicle's reserve and it left the auction unsold.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2012
While the M19A would help give McLaren its sense of direction back in Formula One after the passing of its namesake, the team still could not reclaim its runner-up position, or better, that it had scored in its debut season in 1968. Still, the team would come away from the 1972 season with an important victory. But McLaren certainly wanted more, and this is where the M19C would come into play.

Over the years between its debut in 1968 and 1971, McLaren had been regularly slipping down the standings in the Constructors' Championship. In fact, 1971 would see the team score just 10 points and end up 6th in the standings. This was a far cry from the 49 points scored in 1968, and it was not at all honoring to the man that had founded the team.

Of course, a lot of the problem was focus. McLaren was stretched thin being involved in Can-Am and Formula One. On top of it all, the team would be dominant in Formula One, and therefore, it made things difficult for the team to give equal amount of justice to its Formula One program. Unfortunately, this reality would show itself.

Ralph Bellamy would do his best to change this by developing a new car. The previous car, the M14, had just been an evolution of the older M7 chassis, and subsequently, would lack the performance and handling necessary to improve the team's results. However, Bellamy would develop a new car utilizing the new 'Coke bottle' shaping. This was to improve airflow around the sides and over the top of the car. Utilizing the new body-styling, a 450 bhp Ford Cosworth DFV V8 engine and the new rising rate suspension the car would certainly pick up the pace the team had been lacking. However, despite the new car and everything else that was new, it would still translate into the worse season McLaren had had since its debut.

The M19A, as it would be called, would have a number of admirable qualities to it. Bellamy would use 'Coke bottle' styling and would have the use of the Cosworth DFV to power the chassis. But performance is only one part of a successful car. In fact, handling may actually be of greater importance than out-right speed. And handling was where the M19A was suspect.

Although the new rising rate suspension certainly seemed to be the future of Formula One, it would prove to be too much of the future and the drivers would absolutely hate the handling of the initial version of the M19A with the rising rate suspension.

But while the car's handling was something its drivers didn't like, the sheer performance would be one redeeming quality the car would have. This would be made obvious when Denny Hulme had the lead heading into the final few laps of the 1971 South African Grand Prix. Unfortunately, it would all come to naught, but it was clear, McLaren had hit bottom but where on the rise once again.

Proving the team was truly improving, the M19A would earn a 2nd place at the 1972 Argentine Grand Prix, and then, would follow that result up with a victory in the South African Grand Prix on the 4th of March.

Still, the drivers were not confident behind the wheel of the car and to continue to score the top results the team would need its drivers confident. Therefore, Bellamy would set to work designing and building a successful variant of the M19A.

Overall, Bellamy knew he had a car that worked. There were just some important changes that needed to be made and he would have a winning package. Of course, the costs associated with building a whole new car were rather high and he certainly didn't want to have to do that for a car that he knew would already be replaced the following year. Therefore, if he could make some quick and effective changes without having to build a new car in order to make the drivers happy.

The major problem, other than comfort of the drivers driving the car, was the unreliability the car had shown throughout the 1971 season. Therefore, Bellamy knew he really didn't need to, nor did he want to, change the overall design of the car. He just needed the crews to help improve the car's reliability, and, he knew he needed to change the suspension.

McLaren would work to do both. Bellamy would set about designing the car to take a more conventional double wishbone and coil spring suspension arrangement at the rear to replace the rising rate suspension that had been used. In addition, the team would work hard at increasing the car's reliability.

Still bearing the same low-profile, wide radiator opening in the nose, the small front wings, the 'Coke bottle' styling and the same Cosworth DFV at the back, the M19C was practically the same as the M19A. Sure enough, the only real giveaway that the M19C was actually the 'C' variant was the conventional double wishbone and coil spring arrangement used within the car.

And what a difference it would make. Although the M19A would be the one to score a victory, the 'C' variant of the M19 would go on to be the much more consistent performer. Undoubtedly due to the comfort the drivers had in the car, the M19C would routinely find itself up toward the front of the pack. This would translate into a number of podium finishes and another 3rd place in the Constructors' Championship standings at the end of the '72 season.

The M19C would continue to race into the very early parts of the 1973 season as the team awaited the debut of its M23. Certainly, the M19C was a stop-gap measure for McLaren. However, it was a necessary measure as the team certainly wanted to maintain its momentum and confidence before the M23 hit the track. The M19C would more than succeed in that role. Though it would not earn a victory in the short time it was on the track, it would more than fill the role it needed to play. It would help to set the stage for McLaren to become one of the most successful constructors in all of Formula One history.

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1972 Formula One Season
John Player Team LotusLotus72 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
Australia David Walker
Sweden Reine Wisell 
Elf Team TyrrellTyrrell
France Albert François Cevert Goldenberg
France Patrick André Eugène Joseph Depailler
United Kingdom Sir John Young Stewart 
Yardley Team McLarenMcLaren
New Zealand Denis Clive 'Denny' Hulme
United Kingdom Brian Herman Thomas Redman
United States Peter Jeffrey Revson
South Africa Jody David Scheckter 
Brooke Bond Oxo Team SurteesSurtees
Italy Andrea Lodovico de Adamich
United Kingdom Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood
Australia Timothy Theodore 'Tim' Schenken
United Kingdom John Surtees 
STP CorporationMarch Austria Andreas Nikolaus 'Niki' Lauda
Sweden Bengt Ronnie Peterson 
Marlboro BRMBRM
France Jean-Pierre Maurice Georges Beltoise
Canada William Brack
New Zealand James Howden Ganley
United Kingdom Peter Kenneth Gethin
Austria Dr. Helmut Marko
United Kingdom Keith Jack Oliver
Australia Vernon 'Vern' Schuppan
Spain Alex Soler-Roig
Sweden Reine Wisell 
Equipe Matra SportsMatra New Zealand Christopher Arthur Amon 12
Motor Racing DevelopmentsBrabham
Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior
United Kingdom Norman Graham Hill
Argentina Carlos Alberto Reutemann 
 Darnval Connew Racing TeamConnew France François Migault 
 Martini RacingTecno
PA 123 
United Kingdom Derek Reginald Bell
Italy Giovanni Giuseppe Gilberto 'Nanni' Galli 
 Team Eifelland CaravansEifelland Germany Rolf Johann Stommelen 
 Team GunstonSurtees
Rhodesia John Maxwell Lineham Love 
 Clarke-Mordaunt-Guthrie RacingSurtees
Italy Andrea Lodovico de Adamich 
 Champcarr Inc.Surtees
United States Sam Posey 
 Scuderia FerrariFerrari
312 B2 
United States Mario Gabriele Andretti
Italy Giovanni Giuseppe Gilberto 'Nanni' Galli
Belgium Jacques Bernard 'Jacky' Ickx
Italy Arturo Francesco 'Little Art' Merzario
Switzerland Gianclaudio Giuseppe 'Clay' Regazzoni 
 Team GunstonBrabham
South Africa Willie Ferguson 
 Scribante Lucky Strike RacingLotus South Africa Dave Charlton 
 Team Williams MotulMarch Brazil José Carlos Pace
France Henri Pescarolo 
 Clarke-Mordaunt-Guthrie RacingMarch
United Kingdom Mike Beuttler 
 Gene Mason RacingMarch United States John 'Skip' Barber III 
 Team Williams MotulPolitoys France Henri Pescarolo 

1972 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
 Argentine Grand Prix  Autodromo Oscar Alfredo GalvezJan 1972  Sir John Young StewartTyrrell 
 South African Grand Prix  KyalamiMar 1972  Denis Clive 'Denny' HulmeMcLaren 
 Spanish Grand Prix  Circuito Permanente Del JaramaMay 1972  Emerson FittipaldiLotus 
 Monaco Grand Prix  MonacoMay 1972  Jean-Pierre Maurice Georges BeltoiseBRM 
 Belgian Grand Prix  Nivelles-BaulersJun 1972  Emerson FittipaldiLotus 
 French Grand Prix  CharadeJul 1972  Sir John Young StewartTyrrell 
 British Grand Prix  Brands HatchJul 1972  Emerson FittipaldiLotus 
 German Grand Prix  NürburgringJul 1972  Jacques Bernard 'Jacky' IckxFerrari 
 Austrian Grand Prix  OsterreichringAug 1972  Emerson FittipaldiLotus 
 Italian Grand Prix Italian Grand Prix MonzaSep 1972  Emerson FittipaldiLotus 
 Canadian Grand Prix  MosportSep 1972  Sir John Young StewartTyrrell 
 United States Grand Prix  Watkins GlenOct 1972  Sir John Young StewartTyrrell 

Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
1960 S. Brabham
1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
1983 N. Piquet
1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
1989 A. Prost
1990 A. Senna
1991 A. Senna
1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
1994 M. Schumacher
1995 M. Schumacher
1996 D. Hill
1997 J. Villeneuve
1998 M. Hakkinen
1999 M. Hakkinen
2000 M. Schumacher
2001 M. Schumacher
2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
2004 M. Schumacher
2005 F. Alonso
2006 F. Alonso
2007 K. Raikkonen
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2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
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