BaT Auction: Ex-McLaren Engines 1972 Ford Condor II Motorcoach Project at No Reserve

This 1972 Ford Condor II motorcoach is a running project based on a Ford truck chassis and was reportedly commissioned new and used by the chairman and co-founder of McLaren Engines as a trackside hospitality vehicle at various USAC, Can-Am, and F1 events in the 1970s. Acquired by the seller in 2005, the coach is 28′ long and is powered by a carbureted 390ci V8 paired with a Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission. The wood-paneled cabin features green carpeting and a connected living area with bench seating, a dining table, kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping accommodations for eight. Period equipment includes an Onan generator, air conditioning units, and a waste destruction system, as well as an exterior awning and storage compartments. This Condor II is now offered by the seller at no reserve with a binder of brochures and manuals, schematic drawings, McLaren memorabilia, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

No Reserve: Ex-McLaren Engines 1972 Ford Condor II Motorcoach Project

The Condor II is based on Ford’s M504 truck chassis, with overall length measuring approximately 28′. The coach is finished in an Imron-based Papaya color with a white beltline and roof, and period McLaren logos are present on all sides of the body. Some galvanic corrosion is noted along the base of the bodysides. Exterior features include a retractable awning, a rear storage compartment, a ladder for roof access, and upper cab lights.

No Reserve: Ex-McLaren Engines 1972 Ford Condor II Motorcoach Project

White six-lug wheels are mounted with 20×17.50″ Nanco tires, and the coach is equipped with a “dually” rear axle. Schematic drawings viewable in the gallery show factory modifications made to the power steering and frame assembly according to the seller.

No Reserve: Ex-McLaren Engines 1972 Ford Condor II Motorcoach Project

The cab features captain’s chairs with brown upholstery, dashtop fans, sliding side windows, and pop-out window vents in each footwell. Amenities include a CB radio and an eight-track player player. Instrumentation incorporates a 6k-rpm tachometer, an 100-mph speedometer, and five auxiliary gauges. The five-digit odometer shows 13k miles, and is believed to have rolled over.

No Reserve: Ex-McLaren Engines 1972 Ford Condor II Motorcoach Project

The motorcoach features forward and rear living areas finished in wood paneling with wall-mounted light sconces, patterned green carpeting, and matching seat upholstery. Photos in the gallery show the main sleeping quarters suspended over the rear compartment, while total sleeping capacity is eight occupants according to the seller. A 5k-watt gas-powered Onan generator is accessible via an exterior service door, and a pair of older A/C units are mounted atop the roof.

No Reserve: Ex-McLaren Engines 1972 Ford Condor II Motorcoach Project

The kitchen area includes a refrigerator, freezer, pantry, and a kitchenette with a single-basin sink, oven, stovetop, and wood cabinets. The adjacent bathroom is equipped with a Thermasan waste destruction system that was designed to dispose of liquid and organic waste materials through the exhaust system.

No Reserve: Ex-McLaren Engines 1972 Ford Condor II Motorcoach Project

Under the cab is a 390ci V8 backed by a three-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission. Maintenance within the last 2k miles included the installation of new fuel and water pumps. The seller notes that he has driven the vehicle from New York to Los Angeles, but that a mechanical inspection should be performed prior to additional use.

No Reserve: Ex-McLaren Engines 1972 Ford Condor II Motorcoach Project

Additional photos of the underside are included in the gallery below.

No Reserve: Ex-McLaren Engines 1972 Ford Condor II Motorcoach Project

Factory literature includes the owner’s manual, parts lists and period schematic drawings, and copies of the Summer 2011 issue of RV Magazine featuring the coach, as well as some McLaren memorabilia. Videos of the motorcoach are attached below.

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