1968 McLaren M4A Formula 2 Roller
Serial Number: 200-15F
Condition: very good
Price: $37,000 USD ONO
Location: New Jersey USA
DescriptionThis car is a complete unmolested roller, it was only used in 26 races from 1968 to 1972 and has been unused since. It comes with a new windscreen and a Hewland FT200.
The M4A was a simple design developed by Herd, which came first for F2 in 1967, to be followed by the F3 version intended for production by Trojan for the Formula B class as well as F3.
It had a constant diameter bathtub aluminum monocoque sporting fuel tanks in the sides and one behind the seat. It utilized a conventional suspension (wishbones located by long radius arms front and rear, with outboard springs) adapting some parts such as uprights from sports racing McLarens. The standard power unit for the F2 was the Cosworth FVA, through a Hewland FT200 gearbox.
In F2 it had varied results, Bruce McLaren raced one eight times in 1967 (his best finish was a second at Rouen) while Courage drove the works Coombs car (best placing second at Zandvoort). In 1968 the Chequered Flag team ran the cars, and once again a second place (by Widows at Pau) was the high point.
This particular car was originally a McClaren team car driven by Graeme Lawrence. Graeme Lawrence competed in six F2 races in this car in 1968. Chuck Kirkbride purchased the car from Bruce McClaren in 1969 through a gentleman by the name of Fred Opert. Chuck Kirkbride drove the car from 1969 to 1972 using a 2.5L Climax fitted to a Hewland HD5 with good success, he competed in approximately twenty races with the car. The current owner purchased the car in 1984 as a roller, it sits as purchased today.Click HERE to view the McLaren by Trojan Verification Statement.