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Restored McLaren M8E Goes Under the Hammer

A fully restored McLaren M8E campaigned in the 1971 Can-Am season will go under the hammer at Mecum Auctions in Houston this weekend.
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While McLaren are now famous for their F1 and P1 supercars, the British company has a solid motorsport background and dominated the first Can-Am seasons. It actually won the championship in five consecutive years using five different version of the M8 until Porsche brought the 917/10 in 1972.

This specific McLaren M8E is not a championship winner, but it was raced by Vic Elford in 1971 under the American Racing Associates' colors. It finished third at Watkins Glen and it was eventually wrecked during a Laguna Seca practice session. It was later fully restored with original McLaren M8 monocoque tub and equipped with an all-aluminum Keith Black big-block Chevy and Lucas timed fuel-injection. Vic Elford and Benton Bryan raced the car in the 1980s in various vintage racing events.

Wanna know how fast it is? Probably faster than anything you've experienced so far, as these McLarens were famous for being the first Can-Am racers to break 1000 bhp per ton ratio.

Story via Mecum


 
 
 
 
 

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