1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ to be auctioned at Quail Lodge event

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 18, 2012

Bonhams will be auctioning off the ex-GTC Gulf Team Davidoff 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ FIA GT Endurance Racing Coupe at its Quail Lodge event this August. This is bound to be interesting since the McLaren F1 is one of the most expensive cars ever produced and it is currently the fastest production car too.

And even if you had the money, the street versions are rarely offered for sale while the race cars are even more uncommonly offered. What’s actually being auctioned is a McLaren with chassis number 028R, which makes it the last McLaren F1 GTR assembled in McLaren’s Woking, Surrey factory. Furthermore, Chassis 028R is just one of 10 ‘Longtail’ cars produced that year.

During the year 1997, the Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren F1 entered FIA GT Championship four-hour races at the Nurburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Austria’s A1-Ring, Donington Park and Mugello. It also participated in three-hour races at Sebring and Laguna Seca; and in the Suzuka 1000 kms. Chassis 028R had a good run at Suzuka and Laguna Seca with sixth-place finishes. It took seventh place at Donington, and got the tenth spot at Sebring.

In a release, Mark Osborne, Head of Motoring at Bonhams, said that they’re glad to be named as the international collector for “this breathtaking piece of competition machinery.” He also mentioned that it almost never happens that racing icons such as the McLaren F1 GTR would be offered in an auction.

This former GTC Gulf Team Davidoff 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ FIA GT Endurance Racing Coupe will be auctioned off in its full race splendor with its Gulf Oil pale blue and orange team livery on August 16 to 17 at the Bonhams event in Carmel, California at Quail Lodge.

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