McLaren Automotive founder Bruce McLaren started building cars initially because he wanted to race. When that proved to be too much of an investment of time and resources to meet the rules for Le Mans endurance series, instead, McLaren decided to build a road car. The best road car. The fastest and the quickest available. A few years of effort went into this car, the McLaren M6GT, and although it was originally intended to become a production car, only two were ever built. This was in the United Kingdom, in the 1970s, before McLaren Automotive was even founded in 1989. Autobytel has plenty of McLaren pictures from the early years as well as more recently and, needless to say, McLaren has gone on to build some pretty fast road cars. Cars that look good on the track, as well as in the online collection of McLaren photos.
Before the actual formation of McLaren Automotive, McLaren’s parent company had a hand in another notable car, the McLaren M81 Mustang. After McLaren Automotive got up and running in the late 1980s, the first production car was the McLaren F1, which could accelerate from 0-60 in just three seconds, thanks to the V12 engine sourced from BMW. A total of 100 McLaren F1 cars were built from 1992 to 1998, and held the record for fastest production car until 2005. Since then, McLaren has collaborated with Mercedes-Benz on several models, and built a few more of their own. Check out the Autobytel gallery of McLaren images for more information.