We have the pleasure to offer for sale the ultimate McLaren CanAm “big banger” and ex-team VDS (Van der Straeten) McLaren M8F chassis 6-72.
This car was sold new in June ’72 to Count Rudi van der Straeten of Belgium, patron and owner of the VDS Racing Team. It was fitted with a monster 8.1 litre twin-turbo Chevy V8, and depending on where you set the boost dial, was capable of producing anything from 900bhp to a staggering 1300bhp. When asked what is was like to drive, VDS team driver Teddy Pilette, who would race the car during the year in the Interserie, remarked “it was terrific, that is to say “TERRifyingly horrIFIC”…
The car’s ownership and racing history is continuous and well documented (see further below) while Trojan’s attestation calls M8F #6-72 the most original of all surviving M8F’s !
Nevertheless, this mighty McLaren is sold in race-ready condition and benefits from a fresh engine, new wiring loom and all four corners rebuilt. Dampers have been serviced and re-valved while the gearbox has had a new selector housing and all new internals including CWP. All other serviceable items such as coolers, throttle cables etc. have been renewed including new seat belts and a new electronic 0-360 fire system.
The car comes with its original bodywork and turbo parts in addition to the following spares : spare body, 2 spare wheels sets / 2 transport wheel sets, Gearbox parts & gear-ratio’s, various brake parts (caliper seals, disks, etc.).
This ex-VDS M8F is located in Australia and – being eligible for all CanAm races and events around the world, it is ready to provide its new owner with what must be the ultimate driving experience ! ..... for more information visit www.RMD.be