Today’s modern McLarens are far from related to the rather pedestrian Chevrolet brand. But, in 1966, the McLaren M1B was a force to be reckoned with, and it used Chevrolet power.
Originally built to compete in Group 7 sports racing, the McLaren M1B proved to be agile, quick and potent with over 500 hp coming from the Chevrolet V8 under the hood. This particular M1B is preparing to cross the block at Bonham’s Goodwood Festival of Speed auction, and its price tag could get lofty.
This 1966 McLaren M1B is chassis number 30/19, and as mentioned earlier, it received Chevrolet power. Earlier iterations of the McLaren featured Oldsmobile Rocket V8 power, and some even received power by Ford.
But, those close to the McLaren racing program would later confess Chevrolet powered cars were by the far the greatest engineering feats.
After winning countless championships, the vehicle landed in the hands of John Klug, who will now see the car off at Bonham’s. Estimates peg the auction price as low as $320,000, and as high as $380,000.