1966 Gurney-Weslake Eagle Mk 1

Despite his success in almost every category of international motor racing, many consider Dan Gurney’s incomparable Eagle race cars to be his moAst significant contribution to American motorsports.

Designed and built in Southern California, the original Gurney-Weslake Eagles raced with success on the world’s stage and were among the most memorable machines built during the golden age of Formula One, before the purity of Grand Prix cars was forever tarnished with aerodynamic aids and corporate sponsorship.

Driven by some of the best drivers of the era — including Gurney, Phil Hill, Richie Ginther, Bob Bondurant and Bruce McLaren — the Mk I Eagles were everything that an American-made Grand Prix car should be: incredibly fast, impeccably finished, and uncompromisingly individual. Widely regarded as the most beautiful Formula One car ever built, the Eagle Mk I is a prime example of automotive artistry, from its magnificent beak nose to its gleaming coils of polished exhaust pipes.

The Eagle Mk I presented here competed in two World Championship seasons, raced at seven major events and helped Dan Gurney capture one of his six Grand Prix wins. AAR-102 begs no excuse whatsoever regarding beauty, condition, authenticity, or provenance.

Thor Thorson

Thor Thorson - SCM Contributing Editor

Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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