1995 McLaren F1 For Sale

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By Rob Harvey

Marketing Manager - Bridge Classic Cars

From time to time, special cars come into the spotlight. One of these is the McLaren F1 which showcased the huge leaps in automotive engineering and design throughout the 20th Century. While all 106 F1s are clearly special, the one coming up for auction is another level special – a 1995 McLaren F1 is the only one finished in Creighton Brown with only 254 miles on the clock.

Expected to sell for more than $20 million (approximately £16 million), this ultra-rare example will go under the hammer at a sealed bid auction, through Sotheby’s Sealed starting on May 13th.

Designed to be the ultimate driver’s car, the McLaren F1 had a carbon fibre monocoque chassis coupled with a BMW-designed 6.1-litre V12 engine. The F1 even achieved a record-breaking top speed of 240.1 mph, holding the record for nearly a decade.

It’s not just its speed that makes this one special though, it is the only one finished in Creighton Brown over a Light Tan and Brazilian Brown colour scheme. With only 410 kilometres (~254 miles) on the odometer, it looks to be one of the finest examples of the McLaren F1, boasting both rarity and condition.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find a central driving position flanked by two passenger seats. With only 106 McLaren F1s ever produced, each one offering bespoke customisation, these vehicles are celebrated as true pieces of automotive history.

As well as its looks, speed, and rarity, the McLaren F1’s racing pedigree further enhances its legendary status. Despite being initially designed for road use, it made history by taking victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans on its debut, becoming one of only three makes to achieve this. This success underscored the F1’s ability on both the road and the track, highlighting it as the gold standard of modern supercars.

Enhancing its collectability, the car comes with a range of desirable original accessories, including custom-fitted luggage tailored to match the car’s interior upholstery, a FACOM tool chest, a tool roll, and a one-off matching TAG Heuer watch made for the McLaren F1 inscribed with the car’s chassis number. As one of only 64 standard road cars built, ownership of this car is restricted to a small, elite group worldwide due to its rarity and sheer desirability.

Shelby Myers, Head of Private Sales, RM Sotheby’s said: “From the moment it launched, the McLaren F1 was a classic. Priced at nearly one million dollars, it was the most expensive car ever offered for sale at the time. Despite this, true enthusiasts could easily justify its eye-watering price tag considering the innovations and technologies it utilized by Gordon Murray in his uncompromising pursuit of creating the greatest driver’s car of all time. In the eyes of many, it achieved that lofty goal when new, and is still considered one of the best-driving cars ever produced over thirty years since its introduction.  Often dubbed as ‘the modern-day Ferrari 250 GTO,’ very few assets have experienced the value appreciation seen in the McLaren, drawing comparisons to timeless artwork showcased in the world’s most renowned museums. It’s not just a vehicle; it’s a masterpiece.”

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