The ex-Peter Revson, ex-Brian Redman,1972 McLaren-Cosworth M19C Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. M19C-2 Engine no. DFV 365

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Lot 1040A
The ex-Peter Revson, ex-Brian Redman, 1972 McLaren-Cosworth M19C Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. M19C-2 Engine no. DFV 365

US$ 370,000 - 400,000
£ 280,000 - 310,000
The ex-Peter Revson, ex-Brian Redman
1972 McLaren-Cosworth M19C Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. M19C-2
Engine no. DFV 365
The Formula 1 cars built by the then recently-deceased Bruce McLaren’s British-based team in the early 1970s are recalled today not only for their on-track performance but also for the sheer quality of their craftsman construction. Even today, more than 30 years after these sparkling cars were first conceived and hand-made, the workmanship they embody puts other contemporary Grand Prix car marques to shame. This beautifully-presented – and indeed highly original and unspoiled - McLaren-Cosworth M19C is offered here fresh from race-winning performances in US Historic Formula 1, it is accompanied by many spares plus the offer of continuing support from its long-term preparer, and it is provenly a most competitive Vintage racing 3-liter Formula 1 car from this most nostalgic period.

During 1970, the McLaren team’s cigar-shaped monocoque M14-Cosworth cars had not matched the race-winning success of their M7-series predecessors. But that season had been driven by Bruce McLaren’s fatal accident while testing a CanAm prototype sports car, and it was in February 1971 that the first of F1 designer Ralph Bellamy’s M19A cars was shown to the eager racing press. It was wider and longer than its predecessors and Ralph Bellamy had created the distinctive ‘Coke bottle’ shaped monocoque fuselage to concentrate fuel tankage within its wheelbase. The shapely new monocoque ‘tub’s outer skins were rolled from malleable NS4 aluminium alloy sheet, and were in 16-gauge thickness to meet new Formula 1 fuel tank protection regulations. Power was provided by a John Nicholson-prepared Cosworth-Ford DFV V8 engine bolted rigidly against the truncated monocoque chassis’ rear bulkhead, and acting as a load-bearing structural member, through which all rear suspension loads reacted. A novel new rising-rate suspension system was adopted which would prove to be the original M19A models’ Achilles heel, being quickly superseded by a more conventional layout – but not before Denny Hulme had almost won the 1971 South African Grand Prix upon the new car’s debut, the dream having evaporated when a bolt fell from the rear suspension with only four laps remaining to the chequered flag.

The works M19A cars were driven that season by Denny Hulme, Peter Gethin and Jackie Oliver while a sister car was campaigned by Roger Penske for the great Mark Donohue, and David Hobbs. For 1972, McLaren then concluded a sponsorship deal with Yardley Cosmetics – hence this livery upon the surviving car today - and popular American star Peter Revson joined Denny Hulme to drive the updated M19C-series cars, of which this wonderful survivor is one.

Peter Revson was one of the most charismatic of all contemporary Formula 1, CanAm and Indy racing star drivers. His Hollywood movie star good looks and celebrity status gelled perfectly with the Yardley marketing strategy, but his racing driving prowess far out-stripped any risk of just an unfulfilled ‘pretty boy’ image. As a world-class racing driver, ‘Revvie’ was The Real Deal – and this was his Formula 1 car.

Early in 1972 Denny Hulme won the South African GP at Kyalami in his works McLaren M19A, with Revson finishing 3rd and in fact ‘M19C-2’ offered here was given its racing debut by Peter in that year’s Austrian Grand Prix on the dauntingly fast and demanding Osterreichring road circuit near Zeltweg. Hulme and Revson finished 2nd and 3rd there, with ‘Denny the Bear’ also setting fastest race lap to underline the M19C’s sheer pace.

At Milan’s Monza Autodrome for the following Italian Grand Prix, ‘Revvie’ again drove this car and finished 4th – yet again scoring valuable World Championship points. In the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport Park, the American star again excelled in this very car – ‘M19C-2’ – finished 2nd overall, with Denny’s sister McLaren this time behind him – 3rd. At Watkins Glen for the United States Grand Prix finale two weeks later, Revson was out of luck – ‘M19C-2’ being classified a lowly 18th after electrical trouble.

For the non-Championship John Player Challenge Trophy race that followed, ending the 1972 Formula 1 season at Brands Hatch circuit, in Kent, England, ‘M19C-2’ here was entrusted to Brian Redman, who brought it home 7th.

The works McLaren M19C cars were retained for the opening World Championship races of 1973, while the one prototype M23 would be entrusted in South Africa to the team’s veteran leader, Denny Hulme.

Old ‘M19C-2’ here was driven by Peter Revson in the 1973 season-opening Argentine, Brazilian and South African Grands Prix before being withdrawn from frontline works team competition upon completion of the American driver’s replacement new McLaren M23.

In the season-opening race in Buenos Aires, Argentina, ‘Revvie’ finished 8th. In the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, Sao Paulo, he suffered a transmission failure, and at Kyalami in South Africa the combination of ‘M19C-2’ and Peter Revson finished brilliantly – second overall – to secure yet another six World Championship points.

Once the replacement McLaren M23 cars had become available, the M19Cs were retired. This particular chassis was sold to British Formula 5000 hopeful Brian Robinson and was easily converted to accept an unstressed 5-liter Chevrolet V8 racing engine to contest the contemporary British and European F5000 Rothmans Championship series.

Brian Robinson’s record in this car was as follows: commencing August 1973, Brands Hatch – retired; Oulton Park – 10th; JyllandsRing (Denmark) – retired; Zandvoort (Holland) – 8th; Snetterton (England), 8th; and Brands Hatch (October) – 7th.

He retained this car in Formula 5000 form for 1974, and contested the 15 rounds of that year’s Rothmans Championship, with best results a fine 2nd place at Snetterton, 5th at Mallory Park, 7th at Brands Hatch, and 8th at Oulton Park.

Brian Robinson retained the car for its third consecutive Formula 5000 season in 1975, but after having crashed it mildly in the final Brands Hatch meeting of 1974, he crashed again there in the opening round of the 1975 campaign. Damage was minor as evidenced by ‘M19C-2’ and Brian Robinson securing a good 4th place with the car within days in the very next round of that 1975 Championship, at Oulton Park.

Through the rest of that 1975 season Brian Robinson was able to re-emphasise the competitive quality of his ageing car by finishing 3rd in the Belgian round at Zolder, 6th at both Mallory Park and Brands Hatch and 7th at Zandvoort.

The Brands Hatch 6th place scored in the October 19, 1975 ShellSport Championship meeting marked Brian Robinson’s swansong in this fine McLaren. The car was subsequently preserved in storage before being restored to its original 3-liter Cosworth-Ford DFV V8-engined Formula 1 form for new owner Ken Moore. It was driven by Mike Littlewood at Donington Park on August 1, 1982, finishing 3rd, and was subsequently entrusted to leading British Historic driver Willie Green in whose hands it secured 4th place at Donington Park in July 1983, followed by 2nd at Brands Hatch in June 1984. The car was subsequently driven by British Historic exponent Jim Wallis who won in it at Silverstone in September 1985.

This wonderful Formula 1 McLaren sold subsequently from Ken Moore to Chris McAllister circa 1986, for whom from 1994 it was maintained and race-prepared by specialist Tony Nicholson. It passed subsequently to Harry Matthews around 1998 and was then acquired by the current vendor early in 2004.

As again prepared by Tony Nicholson, ‘M19C-2’ offered here competed in the 3-liter Formula 1 events at Long Beach and Montreal – finishing 2nd on both occasions – and won the Thunder Hill Historic GP.

After the Monterey Historics meeting at Laguna Seca last year, the engine has been completely rebuilt, as was the transmission with the input shaft and both output shafts all renewed. The engine rebuild was completed with proper period style pumps and modern (reliable) CDI ignition was retained while the oil coolers were repositioned from under the late 1972-style rear wing to behind the rear wheels as original. Transmission is via the robust Hewland DG300 gearbox freshly rebuilt with more modern DGB internals and gears. Numerous spares are offered together with this Lot to enable a new owner to begin 3-Liter Formula 1 Vintage racing immediately, including spare gear ratios, brake pads, wheels etc. To make this remarkably attractive Lot absolutely complete, it is also accompanied by sizeable files of documentation, set-up sheets etc.

This outstanding McLaren-Cosworth M19C demands the closest consideration. With the cumulative prestige and pedigree of McLaren, Cosworth, Peter Revson and Brian Redman embodied within its fabric this is a most important opportunity for any would-be or established 3-liter Formula 1 contender.
The ex-Peter Revson, ex-Brian Redman,1972 McLaren-Cosworth M19C Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. M19C-2 Engine no. DFV 365
The ex-Peter Revson, ex-Brian Redman,1972 McLaren-Cosworth M19C Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. M19C-2 Engine no. DFV 365
The ex-Peter Revson, ex-Brian Redman,1972 McLaren-Cosworth M19C Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. M19C-2 Engine no. DFV 365
The ex-Peter Revson, ex-Brian Redman,1972 McLaren-Cosworth M19C Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. M19C-2 Engine no. DFV 365
The ex-Peter Revson, ex-Brian Redman,1972 McLaren-Cosworth M19C Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. M19C-2 Engine no. DFV 365
The ex-Peter Revson, ex-Brian Redman,1972 McLaren-Cosworth M19C Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. M19C-2 Engine no. DFV 365
The ex-Peter Revson, ex-Brian Redman,1972 McLaren-Cosworth M19C Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. M19C-2 Engine no. DFV 365
The ex-Peter Revson, ex-Brian Redman,1972 McLaren-Cosworth M19C Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. M19C-2 Engine no. DFV 365
The ex-Peter Revson, ex-Brian Redman,1972 McLaren-Cosworth M19C Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. M19C-2 Engine no. DFV 365
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