1965 McLaren M1B
We are proud to offer for sale this beautiful 1965 McLaren M1B (chassis nummer 30-04) which took part in the inaugural 1966 CanAm championship while also benefitting from continuous ownership from 1965 up to the present (see below for the race- and ownership-history).
Its prior owner actively campaigned this M1B in the CER race series up to 2014 where it always was a welcome and competitive entry. At that time, the car was in post-66, dry sump configuration. The current UK owner bought the car at the beginning of 2015 after which he immediately ordered a complete no-expense-spared recommissioning by renown preparer WDK Motorsport (all invoices are available).
As such, this potent M1B has now been put back to its original, pre-66 configuration : a 5.7 ltre wet-sump SMB Chevy (freshly rebuild) mated to a new and fresh Hewland LG-500 gearbox and riding on 8” front wheels and 10” rears). After its complete overhaul, this CanAm "Big Banger" car made a successfull appearance at the Goodwood members meeting after which it was tested and sorted by Nick Padmore at Donington who was most impressed with the car's quality, riding and handling. More recently, this stunning M1B ran extremely well at the 2016 Silverstone Classic meeting and the Goodwood Revival.
The car comes with a good spares package including bodywork, wheels, multiple gear-ratios and other miscellaneous items. It also has current FIA HTP papers and comes with a fully documented history file.
This archetype McLaren CanAm sports car is ready to give its new owner a lot of “bang for the buck” and is a competitive entry in the many prestigious events it is eligible for around the world !
Ownership History of 1965 McLaren M1B #30-04 :
1965 Dick Niles (Mercury dealer) who let Bill Amick drive the car (4.6 ltre Mercury; then a 6 ltre SMB Chevy)
1968 Monte Shelton (who installed a 7 ltre Chevy)
1972 Alan Holmes
1980 Bill Perrone
1984 Carl Moore
1986 Henry Wilkinson (who did the 1st restoration of the car)
199x Andrew Simpson
2001 Steve Thein (who undertook a complete body-off restoration)
2009 Marc Hevia (France)
2015 Current owner (UK)
In-Period race history of McLaren M1B #30-04
Dick Niles Mercury Inc
08/05/66: Laguna Seca USRRC #19 B.Amick Rtd
21/05/66: Pacific Raceway, Kent National SCCA #19 B.Amick 1st 1st C/SR
26/06/66: Pacific Raceway, Kent Regional SCCA #19 B.Amick Rtd brakes
30/07/66: Pacific Raceway, Kent USRRC #19 B.Amick Rtd
09/10/66: Pacific Raceway, Kent Northwest GP #19 B.Amick 2nd
16/10/66: Monterey GP, Laguna Seca Can-Am #19 B.Amick DNS did not start
30/10/66: LA Times GP, Riverside Can-Am #19 B.Amick Rtd suspension
13/11/66: Stardust GP, Las Vegas Can-Am #19 B.Amick DNA did not arrive
07/05/67: Laguna Seca USRRC #19 B.Amick Rtd
11/06/67: Rose Cup, Portland SCCA #19 B.Amick 1st
25/06/67: Westwood, Canadian Championship #19 B.Amick 1st
16/07/67: Pacific Raceway, Kent USRRC #19 B.Amick Rtd
15/10/67: Monterey GP, Laguna Seca Can-Am #19 B.Amick Rtd
29/10/67: LA Times GP, Riverside Can-Am #19 B.Amick Rtd transmission
Monte’s Motors Inc
12/10/69: Monterey GP, Laguna Seca Can-Am #57 M.Shelton Rtd -
26/10/69: LA Times GP, Riverside Can-Am #57 M.Shelton 13th -
26/07/70: Klondike 200, Edmonton Can-Am #7 M.Shelton Rtd engine
13/09/70: Oregon GP, Portland National SCCA #57 M.Shelton ?
18/10/70: Monterey GP, Laguna Seca Can-Am #58 M.Shelton DNA did not arrive
01/11/70: Monterey GP, Laguna Seca Can-Am #58 M.Shelton 15th