The McLaren M6B GT is perhaps even more important to the foundation bedrock of McLaren Automotive than the all-conquering F1.
In many ways, the latest McLaren Automotive division is the realization of founder Bruce McLaren’s dream of a supercar operation that is enhanced and supported by the racing team.
35 or so years on from the first prototype M6GT, the dream is more than some future longing. It is real and thriving with the latest 650S and P1 cars building a devoted following among hypercar fans all over the world.
Even among those who do not follow Formula One closely, the McLaren name is synonymous with racing glory and technological brilliance.
Much of that legacy stems from the ideas embodied in the 1969 M6B GT, of which McLaren himself only completed one prototype before his untimely and tragic death in a test track accident.
The body molds and remaining parts were lovingly completed by Trojan racing and the remaining McLaren racing team.
Despite the lore around this amazing Tarocco or McLaren Orange bodywork, the color is a nod to McLaren’s racecars more than the road car — of which the only factory model was, in fact, red.
Even so, today the Trojan cars are just as adored as the sole factory example.
As seen here, the fantasy of a closed-cockpit LeMans racer for the road is alive and doing very, very well with the 650S parked alongside this iconic classic M6B GT.
The color, at long last, seems to be an exact match to the 1960s model, if not the darker orange shade utilized in the 1990s McLaren F1 model seen below.
1969 McLaren M6B GT