The McLaren M6 A was developed by Australian race car driver Bruce McLaren for the Bruce McLaren Motor Racing team, beginning at the start of the 1967 Can-Am season. The name M6 was used quite a bit later on in developing a closed-cockpit race car, called the M6 GT. It was produced for the Le Mans, a 24-hour long race. McLaren’s goal was to create the fastest production sports car in the world, and he used the racetrack as his proving grounds. In 1968 there was the of the USRRC and the changing of several racing guidelines. The M6A’s were used on into the early 70’s, but none showed as much promise or performance as earlier models, and none were able to capture the victory McLaren had envisioned.
In June of 1970 tragedy struck when Bruce McLaren was killed while testing his newest racing developments. Up until then he used a 1970 McLaren M6 GT as his personal vehicle, bright red of course. With his sad, unexpected passing the M6 GT never reached any kind of large scale production. Besides the model McLaren used both on and off the track, there were only two other 1970 McLaren M6 GT‘s created. It is a very rare model, and one that continues to inspire.