McLaren M23D (1976) Japanese GP

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A development of the McLaren M16 Indianapolis 500 car, the McLaren M23 was introduced in its first form in 1973 as a Formula One contender. The M23 housed a Ford Cosworth DFV engine, which was prepared by Nicholson-McLaren Engines, a specialist tuning company. The finished unit was capable of around 490 brake horsepower. The 1975 season saw further development for the M23, including the edition of a six-speed gearbox, which was a real novelty in this era of Formula One. Other developments included various bodywork updates, including aerodynamic kickups in front of the rear wheels, refreshed nose profiles and extended bodywork in front of the rear wheels that housed the oil coolers. The majority of these changes were adopted for the M23D, which was launched for in 1976 season.*This is a model of the M23D that James Hunt raced to third position at the final race of the 1976 season in Japan, which secured the drivers’ championship for him and a second constructors’ championship for McLaren. This was no mean feat, particularly given the fact that by this time the M23 was a three-year-old car. A conversation between two McLaren mechanics at the end of the race was overheard and reported in The Autocar. ‘After a finish like that and the season we’ve had, I’m going home to write it as a film script and make a million,’ one said to the other. ‘Only trouble is, I don’t suppose anyone could believe it could all happen.’ Thirty-seven years later Rush was made and the legendary tale of McLaren’s James Hunt beating Niki Lauda was finally told.

This fine 1:8 scale model of the McLaren M23D has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of McLaren regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.



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