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Re: pop-up headlights

Post by philhoward » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:25 pm

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Re: pop-up headlights

Post by scimjim » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:27 pm

Hmm - looks like sliding panels?

They made a mk1,2&3 apparently - seen ones with Perspex covers and one with fiat coupe Perspex on.


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Re: pop-up headlights

Post by philhoward » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:28 pm

Does look like moving panels to be fair, so strictly speaking not a pop-up.


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Re: pop-up headlights

Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:19 pm

Seeing this thread reminds me, the Goodwood Revival special parade feature was this year honouring Bruce McLaren, and one of the cars which featured in the parade was the McLaren M6GT road car, the original factory prototype, and I believe the only car built by McLaren themselves. Incidentally, the car was being driven for the occasion, by Bruce McLaren's daughter, Amanda. :)

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The lights did pop-up (with some help), as can be seen by this contemporary photo of Bruce with the car (on the McLaren website here

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Re: pop-up headlights

Post by scimjim » Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:25 pm

Was it the only one with popups or did all of the road versions have them? I only recall them having big Perspex covers over both sets of lights?


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Re: pop-up headlights

Post by tanuki » Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:39 pm

This one has got one popup eye ... is it enough ? The ratio number of eyes / number of wheels is correct though :lol:
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Re: pop-up headlights

Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:49 pm

scimjim wrote:Was it the only one with popups or did all of the road versions have them? I only recall them having big Perspex covers over both sets of lights?
Well, as I understand it, that is the only "official" McLaren-built one, so 100% of that one did have them! :lol: A small number (2 or 3???) of "extras" were apparently built by Trojan, and some of these (maybe all?) may have changed to perspex covers.


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Post by scimjim » Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:12 pm

This is the (Bonhams May 2015) ad for chassis #2 (of 3 apparently)

The Ford Motor Company's 1960s campaign to challenge Ferrari and win the Le Mans 24-Hour Race required not just innovative engineers but also the assistance of some of the world's finest drivers, among them experienced F1 star Bruce McLaren. At around the same time New Zealander McLaren was establishing his own team in England and developing the first of the cars that would bear his name, the McLaren M1 sports-racer, developments of which, in the form of the mighty M6 and M8, would later dominate the legendary Can-Am series.

His experience of driving the Ford GT40 had convinced McLaren of the street potential of such a car, which could also be homologated for Group 4 sports car racing. What's more, he had the ideal basis for such a project in the form of his simple yet highly effective Can-Am sports-racer, the M6. The result was the McLaren M6GT coupé.

Only three cars were built, two being converted from M6 Can-Am cars and the other being built from the ground up as a closed coupé by McLaren's partner Trojan, who were responsible for manufacturing the customer M6B cars. That car was shipped to the USA for the New York Auto Show and subsequently sold to Ted Peterson who used it as Bruce intended, on the road. Bruce too used one on the road but, sadly, there would be no more M6GTs, the project being abandoned after his tragic death in 1970.

Its accompanying FIA papers (issued November 1997) state that the example offered here was first owned by McLaren Cars followed by well-known racing driver David Prophet, who had previously raced a McLaren-Elva. Campaigned at various European circuits throughout the 1969 season, Prophet's appears to be the only McLaren M6GT with any competition history, racing at Magny-Cours, Dijon, the Norisring, Hockenheim, Crystal Palace and Wunstorf, its only win coming at Crystal Palace in August. Two further owners are listed on the FIA papers: Nigel Allbon (1987) and John Starkey of La Jolla, California (1994).
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Post by scimjim » Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:20 pm

And here's a link to mention of the sale of chassis #1 in 2010.

And the original ad here.
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Post by scimjim » Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:24 pm

And here's a "copy" :D


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Post by scimjim » Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:28 pm

And here's the last one - which confusingly was converted to M12 roadster spec at one point in its life!
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Post by scimjim » Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:22 pm

tanuki wrote:This one has got one popup eye ... is it enough ? The ratio number of eyes / number of wheels is correct though :lol:
The gyrocar from Gyro Transport Systems of Northridge, California. Also called the gyro X :-)

Certainly NOT "the worlds first gyroscopic car" according to this source.


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Re: pop-up headlights

Post by tanuki » Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:32 pm

Ran into these kit-cars today: Siva Saluki and Siva Spyder

At least some of them had proper pop-up lights :wink:

A bit of history here: http://freespace.virgin.net/dr.dean/who1/othersivas.htm

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