McLaren M14A Formula 1 Racing Car

By 1967, McLaren was virtually unbeatable, with founder Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme dominating Can-Am by winning five of six races. In 1968, the Ford Cosworth-powered McLaren M7 Formula One car won the Belgian, Italian and Canadian Grands Prix, along with the non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch. A hard-fought 1969 Formula One season saw McLaren and Hulme chalk up five victories, while they swept all 11 Can-Am races, netting Bruce the driver’s championship.

For 1970, the new M14A Formula One car arrived. Based largely on the M7, its full-monocoque chassis included inboard rear brakes, increased fuel capacity and tubular anti-roll bars. It debuted in South Africa where McLaren crashed, while Hulme placed second. Hulme contested the next four races in the M14A, earning two more podiums before suffering burns at Indianapolis. This, plus the death of McLaren himself in his M8D Can-Am car at Goodwood, forced the team’s withdrawal from the Belgian Grand Prix. McLaren returned for the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, with Dan Gurney and Peter Gethin driving.

Hulme returned to the cockpit of A2 for the French Grand Prix and grabbed three more podiums, never finishing lower than fourth for the rest of the 1970 season. Remarkably, this was in addition to Hulme scoring the Can-Am driver’s championship. In 1971, Hulme drove A2 for one race, scoring third at Spain. Its next drivers for 1971 included Peter Gethin, who finished fifth in the British Grand Prix, followed by Jackie Oliver, who was forced to retire in the car’s next four starts. Ultimately, the M14 was replaced by the M19, and McLaren refocused its attention on Formula One after 1972.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

440 bhp, 2,993 cc mid-mounted Ford Cosworth DFV V8 racing engine with large-port cylinder heads, four valves per cylinder, dual overhead camshafts and Lucas fuel-injection, Hewland DG300 manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with wishbones and coil-over shock absorbers, and four-wheel ventilated hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,408 mm (94.8")

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Benson Chiu

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