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*Please note that this vehicle is sold on a Bill of Sale.
William Kay, United Kingdom (acquired new circa 1965)George Drummond, United Kingdom (acquired from the above circa 1966)Skip Barber, Sharon, Connecticut (acquired from the above circa 1966)Harry Mathews, Denver, Colorado (acquired in 2000)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2003)
GP Brands Hatch, July 1966, Amon, No. 47 (3rd Overall)Can-Am Riverside, October 1966, Revson, No. 20 (6th Overall)Can-Am Las Vegas, November 1966, Revson, No. 20 (4th Overall)Governor’s Trophy & Nassau TT, December 1966, Revson, No. 92 (40th Overall)Nassau Trophy, December 1966, Revson, No. 92 (3rd Overall)USRRC Riverside, April 1967, Barber (9th Overall)USRRC Laguna Seca, May 1967, Barber (5th Overall)USRRC Bridgehampton, May 1967, Barber, No. 44 (DNF)GP Watkins Glen, June 1967, Barber, No. 44 (3rd Overall)USRRC Mid-Ohio, August 1967, Barber, No. 44 (4th Overall)Can-Am Road America, September 1967, Barber, No. 14 (7th Overall)Can-Am Bridgehampton, September 1967, Barber, No. 14 (9th Overall)Can-Am Mosport, September 1967, Barber, No. 14 (15th Overall)
While Bruce McLaren’s exploits as a racing driver are impressive, his accomplishments as a team owner, designer, and engineer are his true legacy. His eponymous team, started in 1963 when he was in his mid-20s, is one of the most successful in motorsports history, with a total of 20 Formula 1 championships to its credit. Between 1967 and 1972, the team utterly dominated Can-Am racing, with 56 victories in the series.
In 1964, after years of successful racing in both Formula 1 and sports cars, McLaren would design and build the M1A, crafted to compete in the FIA Group 7 class for two-seat sports racers. The model was built with a lightweight tubular space frame and was initially Oldsmobile-powered, though Ford and Chevrolet engines would be made available. For the 1965 season, the M1B was introduced and featured increased rigidity and revised bodywork, penned by motorsport artist Michael Turner. Twenty-eight examples of the M1B were sold in the US, all of them built for McLaren by Trojan (Elva).
The McLaren M1B offered here, chassis 30-12, is one of these 28. It was first sold, with Ford power, to William Kay as one of a pair of cars to be run by himself and Peter Revson. Unfortunately, Kay passed away before the GP at Brands Hatch, and the cars were taken over by George Drummond for the rest of the season. Revson drove 30–12 in five Can-Am events that year, plus two additional races at the Nassau Speed Weeks.
At the end of the 1966 season, the McLaren was sold to famed racer and driving school founder Skip Barber, who updated it with a Chevrolet engine. Barber raced 30–12 in the 1967 USRRC and then the first three races of the Can-Am series, with a best finish of 3rd at the GP of Watkins Glen.
By 2000, the M1B was purchased by notable collector and McLaren enthusiast Harry Mathews. Still reportedly in remarkably original condition, the Mathews Collection brought the car back to race-ready specification before selling it to the consignor in 2003. The current owner has regularly raced the McLaren, which has proven more than capable in vintage Can-Am competition, at one point winning 13 class victories in a row at Sonoma Raceway and posting competitive times at every venue visited. As outlined in accompanying invoices, recent service and repair work was performed by the esteemed experts at Phil Reilly & Company, including a rebuild of the Hewland transaxle in 2016 along with new wheel bearings and brakes.
Eligible for exciting racing events worldwide, and accompanied by spares including original wheels, this historic and important McLaren M1B is poised to offer explosive performance and the thrill of close competition to its next lucky steward.