1969-type McLaren M12/‘M6GT’ Coupé  Chassis no. to be advised (see text)

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Lot 658
1969-type McLaren M12/‘M6GT’ Coupé
Chassis no. to be advised (see text)

£ 90,000 - 120,000
US$ 120,000 - 150,000
Amended
1969-type McLaren M12/‘M6GT’ Coupé
Chassis no. to be advised (see text)

Footnotes

  • The Ford Motor Company’s 1960s campaign to challenge Ferrari and win the Le Mans 24-Hour Race required not just innovative engineers but also the assistance of some of the world’s finest drivers, among them experienced F1 star Bruce McLaren. At around the same time New Zealander McLaren was establishing his own team in England and developing the first of the cars that would bear his name, the McLaren M1 sports-racer, developments of which, in the form of the mighty M6 and M8, would later dominate the legendary Can-Am series.
    His experience of driving the Ford GT40 had convinced McLaren of the street potential of such a car. What’s more, he had the ideal basis for such a project in the form of his simple yet highly effective Can-Am sports-racer, the M6. The result was the McLaren M6B GT coupé. Just three cars were built, two being converted from M6 Can-Am cars and the other being built from the ground up as a closed coupé by McLaren’s partner Trojan, who were responsible for manufacturing the customer cars. That car was shipped to the USA for the New York Auto Show and subsequently sold to Ted Peterson who used it as Bruce intended, on the road. Sadly, there were to be no more M6 GTs, the project being abandoned after Bruce McLaren’s tragic death in 1970.
    The history for this McLaren M12 appears somewhat ambiguous. Paperwork on file and initial research suggests this car having an identity attributed to ‘60/04’ or ‘60/06’. A letter from constructors Trojan Limited (dated 1986) to a Mr B R Menke states that chassis ‘60/04’ was supplied new as an M12 to a Mr Eaton in Canada, whereas other research implies that chassis ‘60/06’ went to Mr Eaton.
    If this car is regarded as Eaton’s, the recorded provenence is as follows: George Eaton; Tom Fox (1970); Mike Barbour (circa 1973); Charlie Dorn (circa 1976); Bill Jongbloed; ‘the Kids’; Peter Kaus. The ex-Eaton car was driven by Graeme Lawrence in the 1970 Can-Am Series and crashed at Edmondon in 1972. The wreck was bought by Michael Barbour who rebuilt it and competed in some local races around Vancouver, Canada circa 1975-1976. The car was later rebuilt as M6GT-style Coupé.
    The file available with the car draws reference to both chassis numbers; regrettably no chassis number can be found on the car. Further research is being undertaken and interested parties should check with the Motoring Department prior to sale.

Saleroom notices

  • We have been informed by Mr Peter Kaus that this car combines what he understands is a genuine CanAm McLaren M12 open-cockpit sports-racing chassis with the reproduction M6GT Coupe bodywork it wears today. Please note that the documentation file accompanies this Lot and is of course available for inspection upon request. It includes a copy letter from 1967 World Champion Driver Denny Hulme related to his own prototype McLaren M6GT, while 1986 copy letters to noted Californian engineer/collector Jim Toensing from Thom Borcich – and from Charles Agg of original McLaren M12 constructors Trojan Limited – provide evidence that this car may be original chassis ‘60/04’, purchased as new by Canadian CanAm and sometime BRM Formula 1 driver George Eaton. This Lot therefore provides the potential for both serious on-circuit CanAm-type Historic racing or enjoyable ultra-high performance motoring upon the public road.
1969-type McLaren M12/‘M6GT’ Coupé  Chassis no. to be advised (see text)
1969-type McLaren M12/‘M6GT’ Coupé  Chassis no. to be advised (see text)
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