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1974 Shadow DN4 Can-Am George Follmer in 1:18 Scale


1974 Shadow DN4 Can-Am George Follmer in 1:18 Scale.  This fine resin model is manufactured by Replicarz in 1:18 Scale.

Black Shadow proved dominant in final Can-Am season,1974 Shadow Can-Am racer

Can-Am racing in the late 1960s and early 1970s was breathtaking, and each season seemed to produce a dominant car with massive engines and power. Whats not to like, right?

McLarens dominated the early years with their Kiwi Orange bodies, the M1B, M6A, and M8A. Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme were frequently the men to beat.  But by 1970 other teams were starting to challenge McLaren, the likes of Lola, Chaparral and Shadow.

By 1974 Shadow would win the Can-Am title, and Replicarz has developed its own 1/18 version of that sleek black racer, driven to the championship by Jackie Oliver and to second place by teammate George Follmer.Replicarz 1974 Shadow Can-Am racer

The History

Shadow started its runup to the title in 1970 with its Mk.1 that emphasized aerodynamics while touting the same 700+ horsepower big block Chevy V8 that many Can-Am teams ran. Don Nichols, known for his eccentricities, such as wearing all black clothing and dark glasses, was the team owner. Not surprisingly he bathed all his cars in black, perfect for the Shadow teams image that Nichols and his company, Advanced Vehicle Systems (AVS), wanted to project.

The DN4 that won the title was new for the season, both smaller and lighter than previous Shadows. It was designed by Tony Southgate and was clearly the class of the field.  The Shadow ran an all-aluminum Chevy 495 cid V8 rated at 735 horsepower, but Can-Am experts say that was low, it probably made as much as 800 horses.Replicarz 1974 Shadow Can-Am racer

The Shadow ran 13-inch front tires and larger rear slicks, making the car nimble, and powerful, allowing Oliver to win four of the five races in a season that was cut short by financial woes and the gasoline crisis. It proved to be Can-Ams final season.


The Model

This Shadow is a black beauty to be sure and big. Can-Am cars were not petite. This model measures 10 ½- by 4 5/8- inches with its giant rear wing that hangs off the back. 1974 Shadow Can-Am racer

With its rear bonnet in place this is a sleek handsome racer with few markings to spoil its shape, just giant white UOP logos. That stands for Universal Oil Products Company. Otherwise, the racer sports a No. 101 on the nose and sides, a Goodyear sticker on the wings end plates and fenders ahead of the front wheels, and Olivers name on the sides along with Lead Free over the noses 101 marking. All logos are white. Just below the front fenders and behind the front wheels, slightly hidden from sight from some angles are three logos, including the Can-Am racing sticker.