Rob a bank, sell your soul to the Devil or just sign the dotted line if you are super-rich already. The first US street-legal McLaren F1 is for sale.
The McLaren F1. The original supercar. The one which ruled the performance chart for years until the Bugatti Veyron came along. Car enthusiasts still keep the McLaren F1 up on a pedestal despite the arrival of new and vastly superior supercars. So if you have an actual pedestal built to worship McLaren F1, here’s the car to be placed on it – the first US street-legal McLaren F1. And it’s for sale now.
These cars are hard to come by. Only 106 of them were made in total and only 64 of those cars were adapted to be used on the streets without having the cops come by to tow them away. This copy of the McLaren F1 is one of those super-rare road-legal examples. And it’s got one more special claim to fame. It’s the first McLaren F1 to be made street-legal in the United States. The job of converting it for road use was done by Ameritech.
The supercar has been put up for auction by Bonhams. Taking up Lot 73, the McLaren F1 will hit the block at the Quail Lodge Auction scheduled to take place on August 18, 2017. This particular copy was manufactured in 1995 and comes bearing the chassis number of 044. This was the 37th car to roll off the assembly line.
The BMW-sourced 6.1-liter V12 of the McLaren F1 unleashes 627 hp and 479 lb-ft, thereby rendering it with a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 242 mph.
Courtesy: McLaren Media
Courtesy: McLaren Media
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Everything from the original Base Silver paint and a black/gray Connolly leather interior (including McLaren’s signature red-colored panels for the central driver’s seat) have been immaculately maintained and preserved by its single owner, with the able assistance of BMW North America LLC for regular servicing. It hasn’t been driven much, with the clock reading 7,071 miles.
Along with its historical significance, this McLaren F1 is also noteworthy for being completely original and devoid of any modifications. The owner has kept proper records of all services, repairs, maintenance and parts consumed. All the documents, additional accessories and even the original parts which were replaced with new ones are part of the deal and will be handed over to the winning bidder.
Head over to the Bonhams site to bask in the glory of the massive gallery that they have put for this unique and legendary supercar. And if you do have a plan in mind to raise anything close to $10 million (or more) in four weeks, now would be a good time to start.