McLaren, king of the Can-Am

The McLaren M8C is the third generation of a car that dominated the Can-Am Challenge at the end of the 1960s and early 1970s in several iterations: M8A, M8B, M8C, M8D, M8E, M8F and M8FP.

Originally the McLaren M8A was introduced in 1968 for the Can-Am Challenge run in the United States and Canada.

The aluminium chassis housed mainly 7 or 8-litre V8 Chevrolet engines. The different generations of this model dominated the Can-Am Challenge for four seasons with Bruce McLaren (1969), Denny Hulme (1968-1970) and Peter Revson (1971).

The particularity of the M8C that is part of this famous lineage is that it was designed for several different types of engine. The chassis presented here (no. 70-01) is the only one of the 10 M8Cs built to have been fitted with the Ford-Cosworth DFV that dominated Formula 1 at the time.

Chassis 70-01 was delivered new in February 1970 to the Evergreen Racing team and scored a victory in Sweden the same year. After passing through several owners who raced it in Argentina, it was entirely restored after being bought by American Jim Simpson in 1993 after which it was back on the track again in several historic meetings between 1996 and 2012.

Since 2013, chassis 70-01 has been owned by a Belgian enthusiast who has entered it for numerous Peter Auto events: Dix Mille Tours, Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or, Spa Classic, Monza Historic or Chantilly Arts et Elégance Richard Mille.

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