1968 McLaren M6B
Chassis Num: 50-12
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....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: 50.30
This vehicle is a 1968 McLaren-Chevrolet M6 CanAm Sports-Racing Spider with chassis number 50.30. Its livery is similar to the Penske Racing Team that contested the CanAm Championship series of Group 7 sports car races during the 1968 season. Mark ....[continue reading]
Denis Hulme signed the driver's door in 1992, just three months before his death.....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: 50-15
Jo Bonnier first ran this McLaren on 8-11-68 in the GP at Kononioppet near Kariskaga, Sweden. Bonnier had the pole position , set fastest race lap and finished 2nd to David Piper in a Ferrari P4 after a first lap incident. Bonnier gave jazz singer ....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: 50-21
The 1966-1974 Can-Am Series is fondly remembered as the last professional series to allow virtually unlimited motor racing. In their day, the cars of the Can-Am were quicker than their Formula One Grand Prix counterparts. The 1968 McLaren M6B was t....[continue reading]
This McLaren M6B was purchased new from McLaren by Oscar Kovaleski. He raced the car in the 1969 CanAm series and Giants Despair Hill Climb. Cliff Apel raced the car in the 1970 Can Am series. The car raced the Auto World livery. In the 1980s David F....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: 50-06
Chassis number 50-06, built in 1968, was sold new to AutoDelta, the racing division of Alfa Romeo, for their T-33 Race Project. After Alfa was done, 50-06 was placed in an Italian barn until found by Charlie Gibson. Charlie brought it to the United S....[continue reading]
HistoryDesigned 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
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