The McLaren M10B was the most successful model in the Formula 5000 history with four international championship wins between 1970 and 1974.
It was a further development of the 1969 M10A, and came with a lightened and modified tub which made fitment of a dry sump engine possible. In total, only 21 examples of the M10B were constructed which makes it a very rare racecar.
This particular example with chassisnr M10B 400-16 was raced in the 1971 South African national championship by Paddy Driver. In January 1972 the car was wrecked in a crash at Killarney. The car was repaired and rebuilt, and since then known as M10B 400-16(A). It resurfaced in the early nineties in the UK when sold by Bryan Tyler to Sean Mooney, and subsequently completely restored by Simon Hadfield. During the nineties,the car has participated in HSCC events, and then sold again in 1999. In early 2001, the McLaren was repainted from blue to its original red/white/gold livery as raced in the early days in South-Africa. The car was raced again in the 2001 season, and then moved to a private collection. This McLaren has a Chevrolet 302 ci. engine built by Mathwall Engineering and producing in excess of 475 bhp. The gearbox is a Hewland DG300 transaxle. In the documentation file, there are many older restoration invoices, and a FIA HTP from 1990.
This unique single-seater really should be raced again, and we are now looking for the brave person who can handle this incredibly fast device. It will need some recommissioning as it has been standing still for a few years, but the car is complete and equipped with all the right bits, and looks absolutely stunning.
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