1968 McLaren-Cosworth Type M4A Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 200-18F

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Lot 222
1968 McLaren-Cosworth Type M4A Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. 200-18F

Sold for £ 36,700 (US$ 50,921) inc. premium
1968 McLaren-Cosworth Type M4A Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. 200-18F
The sensation of the 1967 racing season was the newly introduced 1.6-litre Formula 2, for which Bruce McLaren’s chief designer Robin Herd completed the McLaren Type M4A. The car was a simple aluminium-skinned ‘bathtub’ monocoque design and in typical McLaren style was exquisitely well made. While the Colnbrook factory built the prototypes, production of customer cars was entrusted to Trojan Limited in Purley, Surrey.
In 1968, French stars Guy Ligier and Jo Schlesser ran a pair of customer M4As under their Ecurie InterSport banner during the first half of that season, and contemporary chassis numbering notes indicate that serial number ‘18F’ was in fact applied to the Jo Schlesser car. Popular, hard-driving Schlesser drove his McLaren M4A to 4th place in the important Monza Lottery GP, 5th at Crystal Palace, 6th place at Hockenheim, 8th at Jarama and 12th at Hockenheim. He was then entrusted with Honda’s brand-new air-cooled V8 for the Formula 1 French Grand Prix at Rouen-les-Essarts in which, tragically, he lost his life.
This particular McLaren M4A was purchased (minus engine) by the current owner at Bonhams & Brooks’ Silverstone Sale in September 2001 (Lot 529). The car was restored in 2004 and its Cosworth FVA power unit totally rebuilt by Competition Engines that same year. The engine has not been used competitively since completion, but is run-in and accompanied by dynamometer test sheets, while the fuel cell bag tank, new seat belts and new fire extinguisher system are all reported as currently valid. Described by the private vendor as ‘ready to race’ and in excellent condition throughout, this now rare and fine example of Bruce McLaren’s first customer Formula car design is offered complete with full history file, restoration invoices, FIA papers and four spare wheels.
1968 McLaren-Cosworth Type M4A Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 200-18F
1968 McLaren-Cosworth Type M4A Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 200-18F
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