We have just witnessed the sale of the most expensive McLaren F1 to date. Over the weekend, at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey, the Bonham auction took place. And the first ever 1995 McLaren F1 that had been imported to the United States had been put up for auction, and was brought home by its new owner, who offered $14.2 million for it. This price does not yet include ten percent buyer’s fee, which means that it was sold off for a grand total of $15.62 million.
The car is looking good as new, and was offered by its original owner. Under the hood is the 6.1 liter V12 that it originally came with, paired with a six-speed manual transmission. This enables the F1 to yield 627 horsepower (467 kilowatts) that can sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in only 3.2 seconds, before continuing to its max speed of 242.9 miles per hour (391 kilometers per hour).
Looking at it from the outside, it is dressed in a matte silver finish. While the inside cabin is finished in black and grey Connolly leather. As I have mentioned earlier, this example is almost as good as new with only 9,600 miles (15,449 kilometers) on its odometer since it got out of the factory. The only thing is that the fuel cell had been replaced twice already and it has gone through some minor wear and tear.
But 9,600 miles since it was first used in 1995 is quite an impressive figure. Bonham’s listing said that around half of the mileage was used up by the original owner as he went on a “journey of a lifetime” with two of his friends. The guys drove this car through France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium back in 1996. That was before it went back to the Woking factory in UK, followed by its journey to New York. This car has got a great story to tell.
This $15.62 million McLaren F1 is number 37 of the 64 street legal examples that have been produced by the company. Over the weekend, it was sold with a record of its service history, which includes the aforementioned fuel cell replacements, as well as documents that verify its rarity and authenticity.
Initially a track focused model, this example was converted to be a street legal car in the US after it had been purchased by its original owner. Currently, this McLaren F1 is only one of the seven models that can hit the US roads legally, and it now has a new owner. The perfect comparison would be that this example is like the Neil Armstrong of McLaren F1s.