You may have heard the legendary story of Ford pouting $10 million into its Le Mans division in order to take down Ferrari – which they did, successfully. But few know that F1 Driver Bruce McLaren was the one behind the wheel of the winning Ford GT40. His experience at Le Mans convinced McLaren that a heavy-duty race car like the Ford GT40 could make an excellent road car. Three years later, his vision fructified in the 1969 Mclaren M6GT Coupe.
Though it may be slightly reminiscent of a car from “Wacky Races,” the bright orange ’69 McLaren M6GT is a piece of auto-history. One of the first McLarens ever produced, the car was based on a Can-Am sports-racer body. Despite its obvious race influence, Bruce envisioned the M6GT as a road car. One of the three Coupes that were ever produced was sold to a man in New York. One was driven by Bruce McLaren himself, until his tragic death in 1970. The third was restored in 1996, given a 5.0-litre Chevrolet V8 and placed in storage at the McLaren Newport Beach in California. Now it’s on sale, and the asking price is a modest $327,000. Worth it, for one of the original McLarens, designed by Bruce himself.