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The Ford Motor Company’s 1960’s 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 Fl star Bruce McLaren1 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 Ml sports-racer, developments of which, in the form of the mighty M6 and M8 would later dominate the legendary Can-Am series.
As presented here in excellent, fully restored condition, this M6B GT in the product of the heroic efforts of two of Bruce McLaren’s associates; Barry Crowe and John Collins, arguably the two experts best qualified to undertake such a project. Barry Crowe was a chief engineer on Denny Hulme’s McLaren Fl and Can-Am cars and part of the M8’s development team. While working for Jim Hall’s Chaparral team, Crowe was sent to Trojan in England to assist in the construction of the first custom M12, a model more closely related to the M6 GT than the M6 itself. He went on to become one of the foremost engine builders and fabricators working in Can-Am, Indy car and offshore power boat racing.
Restored in 1999, Chassis # 86-01 is presented in period Gulf livery of blue and orange and is powered by a Weber-carbureted Chevrolet V8 producing around 600 hp and driving via Hewland L0500 four-speed transaxle. Recreated by Barry Crowe and John Collins, two of the most prominent racing engineers of its era. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire this fast, beautiful and unique car representing the ultimate expression of Can-Am sports-racing technology as applied to the street.