First US McLaren F1 Sold For Record-Setting $15.62 Million

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Ass pocket money, right?

We honestly can't say we were surprised. Not in the least. This 1995 McLaren F1, which we previously detailed about its history being the first US market version (though converted from Euro-spec), and that, up until now, it's had only one owner. Its second and new owner, it's just been reported by Bonhams, has paid $15.62 million at the auction held last Friday at Pebble Beach. And yes, this is the most someone has ever paid for a McLaren F1, beating the $13.75 million F1 LM-spec sold at the same venue in 2015.

Chassis 044 was just one of seven McLaren F1s converted and federalized for street legal use in the US. However, it was converted back to its original spec for the auction, but the sale included the US parts. As you can see, the car is in absolutely pristine condition, and it includes all of its service records from day one.

This F1 happens to be the 37th unit produced and it still features the original silver exterior paint and black/grey leather interior. Its first owner went to Woking, UK to pick it up back in 1996, and since then has put just 9,600 miles on its clock – half of them from that European grand tour he took upon purchase. Power, of course, comes from that BMW-built V12 with 627 hp. As for an exact auction price breakdown, the gavel actually dropped at $14.2 million, but there's also a 10 percent buyer's fee, hence the $15.62 million total price. No doubt its new and only second owner has many years of happiness ahead. Let's hope they actually take her for a drive every now and then. Photos courtesy of Bonhams..


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