First-Ever McLaren P1 Is More Expensive Than You Might Think

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The Volcanic Yellow example is worth it, though.

Before the McLaren Elva held the title of most extreme model in the Ultimate Series lineup, there was the P1. Seen as the spiritual successor to the legendary F1 of the '90s, the mid-engine plug-in hybrid supercar first witnessed the light of day back in 2013. Despite it being nearly a decade old, it's still a truly special sight to behold, and, with a mere 375 units produced, it's a highly sought-after piece of machinery.

Seen here in Volcanic Yellow, this P1 stands out from the rest for one reason: this is the first-ever model delivered to a customer. We've previously seen this very example head to auction for an estimated $1.23-$1.36 million and now, not even a year later, it's up for grabs again. Only this time, it sports a considerably higher price tag. UK-based Bell Sport & Classic has the special McLaren listed at £1,395,000 (approx. $1.8 million), meaning the previous keeper has made quite the profit.

Bell Sport & Classic
Bell Sport & Classic
Bell Sport & Classic
Bell Sport & Classic

With just 3,800 miles on the clock, it's covered a mere 134 miles since it was previously sold. The striking paintwork extends to the brake calipers living behind the equally distinctive Stealth-finished wheels. Elsewhere, the warm hue is subdued by the Visual Carbon Fiber accouterments. The lightweight pattern has been extended to the side panels, front and rear bumpers, side mirrors, and more.

Inside, a subdued Black leather/Alcantara color scheme dominates everything. Unsurprisingly, the interior appears to be blemish-free and presents as new - as it should with such low mileage. Those looking for a pop of color will have to be satisfied with the yellow stitching found on the bucket seats. Prospective owners will adore the carbon trimmings inside, while audiophiles will appreciate the optional Meridian Surround Sound System.

Bell Sport & Classic
Bell Sport & Classic
Bell Sport & Classic
Bell Sport & Classic

What made the P1 so exciting at the time was the awe-inspiring power afforded by the hybrid setup. Courtesy of the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 and an electric motor, there's more than 900 horsepower on offer and a heady 664 lb-ft of torque at the driver's disposal. At the same time, rivals from Porsche and Ferrari introduced their ideas of what a hybridized hypercar should look like, making for brilliant comparisons at the time.

If the prestigious dealer gets the asking price (and why wouldn't it?), the previous owner made a savvy investment decision; a year behind the wheel of a P1 and $600,000 or so of profit isn't bad. Then again, is the chunk of change worth more than the bragging rights associated with owning the first-ever P1? We're not sure. This is an extraordinary car and will likely only appreciate as time goes by. Besides, what other long-term investments can you take for a glorious sunset drive?

Bell Sport & Classic
Bell Sport & Classic
Bell Sport & Classic
Bell Sport & Classic
Bell Sport & Classic
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