McLaren F1 ‘Time Capsule’ Road Car Sells For Over $20M

McLaren F1
1995 McLaren F1 sells for $20,465,000

A ‘time capsule’ 1995 McLaren F1 road car with only 243 miles recorded has just set a record auction price of $20,465,000 at Pebble Beach Auctions…

A dream and vision of former Brabham Formula 1 designer Gordon Murray, the now ultra-rare McLaren F1 supercar have stealth-like appeal embracing technical precision design and authoritative performance; both working in perfect synergy in a car that literally has no limitations.

One of only 64 examples ever produced, the supercar’s jaw-dropping features include carbon fiber monocoque chassis, a three-seat central-drive cockpit, and a full ground-effects undertray. While McLaren endeavored to develop most of the car strictly in-house, the independent suppliers involved in the project, such as Brembo, Kenwood, TAG electronics, and Goodyear, were all tasked with producing bespoke components for the F1.

McLaren F1

This particular example remains in ‘delivery’ state, displaying only 390 kilometres (243 miles) on its lazy speedometer and shatters the previous McLaren F1 road car sale of $15.62 million set in 2017. Only an example that had been converted at the McLaren Special Operations Woking factory to ultra-rare LM specification has come close in the recent past, selling for $19.8 million in 2019.

McLaren F1

Like most of these ‘time warp’ machines, Chassis 029 has rarely been spotted in the wild, spending most of its life hidden away in a private Japanese collection prior to being sold for $20,465,000 (£14,760,188) at Gooding & Co’s Pebble Beach Auction last night.

Carefully maintained and rarely if ever driven, the car is also attached to its date-coded Goodyear Eagle F1 tires that came complete with its original FACOM tool chest, fitted luggage, titanium tool kit, official ‘Driving Ambition’ book, and special TAG Heuer watch.

McLaren F1

Gooding & Company President and Founder, David Gooding:
We were incredibly proud to present this exceptional McLaren F1, and tonight, the market confirmed the sheer prowess of this unparalleled supercar from one of the most legendary names in motoring. This sale was a historic moment not only for Gooding & Company but for the McLaren legacy and the entire industry as a whole

This 1995 model was the 25th road car built and the only car to be finished in a one-off color named Creighton Brown, after one of the executives who were instrumental in establishing the fledgling McLaren Cars company. This distinctive exterior is complemented by a Light Tan and Dark Brown leather upholstery inside the three-seater cockpit.

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Just 106 of the iconic three-seater, V-12-engined F1 road cars were produced between 1992 and 1998, with just 64 being completed to original road car specification. To this day it remains the fastest naturally aspirated production car with a top speed of 240 mph – helping to cement its status as one of the most desirable of all collector cars.

Images courtesy Gooding & Co

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