Sunday, June 15, 2014

The 10 Million Dollar McLaren F1

Considered as the Holy Grail of motoring,the McLaren F1 chassis #28 was sold for a record auction price of around $10 million. In comparison, the first McLaren F1 produced in 1993 costed around 750,000 euros and was, at that time, the most expensive production car in the world . But now, an anonymous British petrolhead has spent a record-breaking estimated Euro 7.385.600 ($10 million) on the McLaren F1 #28 and thus joined an exclusive and prestigious group of F1 enthusiasts such as Rowan Atkinson, Jay Leno or Ralph Lauren…

The Revival of a legendary supercar

Regarded as the most desirable supercar over the past 40 years, only 106 McLaren F1 were produced between 1993 and 1997 and only 64 pieces have been granted a road approval. Moreover, only two red examples were produced.

First owned by Michael Andretti, the son of the famous McLaren driver: Mario Andretti, the McLaren F1 #28 wasn’t road-legal in the US. Thus, the supercar was sold to a Japanese collector. The car was then traded hands twice in the US and has since then been owned by two California-based F1 enthusiasts.

After spending the past ten years on the West Coast of America, the McLaren F1 #28 has now returned to British soil thanks to Hertfordshire-based DK Engineering. Considered as one the most desirable car ever produced, the McLaren F1 is also one of the hardest to buy !

Thanks to James Conttingham, a vehicle acquisition consultant at DK Engineering, and after six months of effective research, the McLaren F1 #28 was, after all, revealed to this anonymous Brit who literally fell in love with this legendary supercar and bought it for around Euro 7.385.600 ($10 million). The car will now be shipped over to the UK and is considered as the new world’s most expensive modern car.

Equipped with a 6.1 litre BMW engine developing 627 bhp, it is not surprising that the McLaren F1 #28 achieved a record-breaking price. Indeed, despite being 20 years old, the McLaren F1 remains the world’s fastest normally-aspirated car – a title it is unlikely to lose in the near future.

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