1968 McLaren M6

B ex-Can Am, Supersports Cup title-winning

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1968
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Competition car 
    Yes
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Orange
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Coys Auction - Automoto D‘Epoca
Padova Fiera
Padova, Italy

Italy

Saturday 25th October 2008

Admission by catalogue only - admits two.

While the M1 series cars formed the basis of a line of CanAm contenders, the M6A that followed represented the real cornerstone of McLaren’s Transatlantic successes. A completely new design – initiated in response to Lola’s domination of the inaugural CanAm Challenge Cup in 1966, for whom John Surtees took the title – by future March co-founder Robin Herd, the M6A was also the world’s first purpose-built CanAm device.

In place of the usual spaceframe chassis, the new car boasted McLaren’s first monocoque. Using what were then advanced techniques, it comprised aluminium and magnesium panels bonded together via epoxy resin and aircraft standard rivets, and cleverly incorporated three fuel bags – one in each side section and another in a cavity beneath the driver’s legs – totaling 54 ga