1965 McLaren- Elva M1A

Make: McLaren- Elva
Model: Mark 1 A
Type: Sports Racing Car
Year: 1965
Chassis #: 20-06
Exterior:   Blue
Engine:   Chevrolet V8
Gearbox:   Hewland LG500



“Team McLaren,” in Formula One as it is known today and its hi performance road car division started from humble origins. A small group of New Zealanders with a lot of talent and passion for motorsports living in England had joined Bruce McLaren and in 1964 formed Bruce McLaren Motor Racing LTD. The first racing car McLaren built and designed was the M1 Sports Racing car as McLaren had the idea to race in the lucrative U.S. based road racing series. In order to have the small group at McLaren design and build the “Team Cars”, but still be able to sell customers McLaren cars, Bruce McLaren came to an agreement with the Trojan group which had recently (in 1964) acquired Elva cars to build the customer McLaren racing cars. These early customer cars were called the M1A and badged Elva-McLaren. Trojan building these cars in the old Elva works. The design was an immediate success. McLaren was now a racing car constructor.

This car with chassis number 20-06 was sold in early 1965 through Chicago based distributor, Carl Haas to Midwesterner Ralph Salyer. Salyer had previous success racing a Corvette to the 1962 Central Division SCCA B Production Championship and a Corvette again to the 1963 Central Division SCCA A Production Championship. He also took part in the 1963 Sebring 12 Hours. With the McLaren M1A, Salyer competed in the USRRC. He qualified 3rd and placed 5th at the Road America 500. In SCCA competition, he qualified for and raced at the ARRC (American Road Race of Champions, later known as the “Run Offs” or National Championship) at Daytona Speedway. There he qualified in pole position with fastest lap and set a track record. In 1966 Salyer was SCCA C modified National Champion. 20-06 during Salyer’s ownership with his mechanic, Gene Crowe had a very successful racing career. Called the Cro-Sal Special because of Gene Crowe and Ralph Salyer.


All owners are known from new.


Professionally restored by Steve Krinsky over several years’ time, concluding around 2007. The suspension and frame was done by expert, Mike Dopuja. The racing specifications for the engine were built by Chevrolet V8 Specialist, Curtis Farley. The Hewland gearbox was rebuilt by Mark Wehrmann Engineering. For the past seven years, the car has been in the care of Chris Hines at ArrowLane in Scottsdale, Arizona. Excellent race prep and rebuild receipts are available for review during this time frame. The chassis set up was done with guidance from an original McLaren employee, Howden Ganley, who built the car in the day. The car just underwent a winter race prep, rebuild and is ready to see the track again.


This is a rare and authentic M1A with a full ownership history and has been professionally prepared with excellent records. The most recent historic race success was at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, HMSA, and SVRA events.


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Car Photos:


Mark Leonard in1965 McLaren-Elva Mark 1A at Mont Tremblant