1972 McLaren M8FP Can-Am
An M8FP with extensive spares package!
McLaren Can-Am cars are legendary. Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme (“The Bruce & Denny Show”) dominated Can-Am starting with the McLaren M6A in 1967. The dominance continued over the next several years through the different versions starting with the McLaren M8A. As the years progressed the M8 was further developed, maintaining its winning heritage through to the final iteration of the M8, the M8F in the early seventies the version offered here.
The M8’s were produced in limited numbers by McLaren as factory works cars. Peter Agg’s company Trojan built the customer versions of the M8’s for McLaren. The Trojan built versions of the McLarens (McLaren by Trojan) were designated with a “P” suffix noting the car as a “Production”/customer car as opposed to a factory team M8F.
Eleven M8FP cars were constructed with 9 of them being sold to customers with 2 unsold and retained by the manufacturer as unsold production vehicles. The Porsche 917 ended the reign of McLaren’s dominance with their naturally aspirated Reynolds Aluminum V8’s and sounded the bell for the beginning of the end of the fabled Can-Am series.
Chassis M8FP #10-72 has complete ownership and racing history from its production at Trojan in the early 1970’s to the present. The car was completed as a roller shortly after manufacture and used as a museum show car at the Effingham Park Sussex museum. From the museum, the McLaren was completed using original spare Trojan factory parts as 1 of 2 continuation cars and raced by Charles Agg in the International Supersports Cup races from the mid-1980’s through the mid-1990’s. These races included events at Donnington, Spa, the Nurburgring, Silverstone, Paul Ricard, and more. Thereafter the car went to the U.S. to campaign in historic races.
Since its most recent purchase in 2015, the McLaren was subject to a complete restoration by Clay Filson and Paul Schaller. Thereafter the car was campaigned in several vintage races in the U.S. Please see the videos below with Jim Pace at the wheel.
The McLaren is currently fitted with a fresh Reynolds, all-aluminum, 8-liter V8 producing over 800 bhp by Savvanah Race Engineering (dyno sheets are available upon request). The engine is fitted with a Lucas/Mackay mechanical fuel injection with the iconic velocity stack intake. Mated to the Reynolds is a Hewland L.G.600 5-speed transaxle gearbox. Lockheed 4-pot brake calipers are fitted both front and rear.
Also available is a treasure trove of original McLaren M8FP Can-Am spares. It is the remaining inventory of Trojan. These include, but are not limited to:
- Fresh Reynolds all-aluminum 510 cu. in. by Savannah Race Engineering on stand
- Various transaxle components, gear sets, 4-disk clutch, pressure plate
- Suspension brackets, arms, springs, links, ends, clevis’s
- Various ignition extras and spares
- Master cylinder, seals, pads, rotor hats, calipers, ducts
- Half shaft joints, boots, spindles, uprights, bearings
- Front and rear wheels finished, and cast
The detailed 5-page list is available upon request.
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