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1968 McLaren M6B

Chassis number : 50-12

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Sold for $445,000 at 2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction.
In 1968, Ford Motor Company decided to enter the Canadian-American Sport Car racing series called the Can-Am. They specifically built a few all aluminum 427 cubic-inch motors to be installed in a McLaren M6-8 which Shelby purchased from Trojan Motor Cars, who built all the Can-Am McLarens. This car, chassis number 50-12 was one of two cars Shelby campaigned and was driven by the late Peter Revson. At the end of the 1968 Can-Am season, many teams were invited to race in the Mt. Fuji 200 World Challenge held on November 23, 1968 at Mt. Fuji, Japan. This car won the race with Revson driving.

In 2000, the car was purchased by Joseph DiLoreto who, along with the expert craftsmanship of Bob Habermehl finally restored the McLaren with the proper all-aluminum Ford 427 engine. As far as we know, this is the only big block Ford Can-Am car actually campaigned in vintage racing. The car took over two years to restore to its original condition.

Sold for $445,000 at 2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction.
The Trojan built McLaren chassis were powered by special built aluminum block Ford V8 engines, supplied by the Ford Motor Company and further modified by Carroll Shelby. This particular example is one of two the Ford and Shelby campaigned for the 1968 season, and driven by Peter Revson. It raced at Road America, Bridgehampton, Edmonton, Laguna Seca, and Riverside in the 1968 season. At the final race of the season, the Mt. Fuji 200 World Challenge race on November 23 at Mt. Fuji in Japan, Peter Revson drove it to the top step of the podium, the sole victory for the 1968 season.

After 1968, Ford withdrew from the Can-Am Series competition to focus on NASCAR.

Ford than sold 50-12 to Stan Szarkowicz who installed a Chevy engine and continued to race the car for several years. In 1972, the car caught fire and damaged various components. The new owner, John Collins, rebuilt the car to its original specifications. In 2000, it entered the care of its current owner.

This M6B is currently powered by a 427 cubic-inch Ford V8 offering 540 horsepower and fitted with a Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection system. There is a four-speed Hewland transaxle and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2019

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2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $450,000-USD $500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $445,000

1968 McLaren M6B Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the McLaren M6B

(Data based on Model Year 1968 sales)
1968 McLaren M6B Can-Am
Chassis#: 50-12
Sold for USD$445,000
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
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1968 McLaren M6 B GT
Chassis#: 50-05
Sold for USD$211,472
  2010 Coys Auction - Legende et Passion
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1968 McLaren M6B Can-Am Roadster
Chassis#: 50-07
Sold for USD$90,200
  2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

McLaren M6Bs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1968 McLaren M6B's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1968 McLaren M6B-50M6B-50-072020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours $250,000$300,000
1968 McLaren M6B Can-Am50-172015 Mecum : Monterey$235,000$300,000$400,000
1968 McLaren M6B Race Car 2009 Mecum Monterey Auction$170,000  
1968 McLaren M6B 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club $240,000$280,000

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