As we’ve said before, the McLaren F1 has proved to be not only an incredible car, but a very sound investment. From a selling price of around £600k when they were launched in 1995, you can expect to pay somewhere north of £2 million for one now, and a fair bit more for an exceptional one.
But with only 64 road cars made (plus the handful of LM models – which would set you back considerably more), and the ability to stand shoulder to shoulder with the modern ‘Best Car in the World’ title holder – the Bugatti Veyron – it should be no surprise that they fetch such high prices. And if any more McLaren F1s set on fire, as we reported recently, the ones left will all go up in value.
The benchmark for prices on the McLaren F1 was set in November last year when RM Auctions sold McLaren’s own Park Lane Showroom car for $4.5 million. But that car was exceptional. It had sat in the Park Lane Showroom for years, and was finally sold by McLaren after the showroom was closed. So it was in many ways the last ‘new’ McLaren F1.
But we’ve discovered a car the equivalent of that F1 for sale. It has had just one cosseting owner from new, and has only done 200 miles since it left the factory. Stored in a private collection it has been meticulously maintained and is, to all intents and purposes, another ‘New’ McLaren F1. It even has all the goodies that came with the McLaren F1 originally – which includes things like a bespoke Falcom Tool Chest and a bespoke Tag Heuer Watch – some of which are still in their original bubble-wrap.
I find it astonishing that someone could own such a wonderful car and never drive it. But I suppose for some it’s about the owning, not the enjoying. And this particular owner does have a pretty remarkable collection of cars. Why is he selling his F1? No idea, but I suppose the current economic climate may have something to do with it.
I suppose the question everyone wants answered is ‘How Much?’. We’re not allowed to say, but we can say it’s not as much as the Park Lane car went for, but it’s a chunk more than the starting price for a well used one.
Time to raid the piggy-bank?!