Rare McLaren F1: Low Mileage Drama Unfolds at Sotheby’s Auction

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Rare McLaren F1
Rare McLaren F1

Purchasing a car for a hefty sum, driving it merely 14 miles, and then putting it up for sale is a perplexing decision for many. Yet, where car aficionados willingly invest around $20 million in vehicles they scarcely drive, such actions are not entirely unprecedented. Enter the 1995 McLaren F1, a coveted gem among automotive enthusiasts. Among the 106 produced during its eight-year production span, only 64 were deemed road-legal, elevating its rarity and allure.

Collectors eagerly vie for the opportunity to possess one of the 64 road-legal marvels, each vying to secure a prized spot in their garages. However, unlike the current owner, who appears intent on preserving its low mileage, others may be inclined to relish the exhilarating experience of driving this automotive masterpiece.

Rare McLaren F1
Rare McLaren F1 (Credit: Sotheby’s Sealed)

Distinguished by its carbon fiber monocoque chassis and powered by a BMW-sourced 6.1-liter V12 engine, the McLaren F1 epitomized performance and innovation. Delivering 618 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, it propelled from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 243 mph.

Despite its illustrious history and unmatched performance, In the domain of high-stakes auctions, the McLaren F1 has turned into a commodity. Its value skyrockets with each exchange, with the latest auction fetching a staggering $20,465,000, far exceeding initial estimates. The current owner, having driven it a mere 14 miles in three years, showcases the paradox of owning such a coveted masterpiece while keeping it confined to the museum exhibits.

As the gavel falls on May 13 at Sotheby’s Sealed auction, the final price of the McLaren F1 chassis number 029 will remain undisclosed. However, enthusiasts can expect it to command a premium, accompanied by factory-provided accessories, embodying the timeless allure of automotive excellence.

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Dana Phio

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