After an 18-month restoration, this F1 is ready to hit the streets (or sit in a garage).
The McLaren F1 hasn't been the world's fastest car for over a decade now but it remains one of the most valuable. An F1 LM recently sold for just under $20 million at auction and the prices are only going to rise as the car gets older. Considering how the F1 was sold new for around $1 million, it was an excellent investment for anyone who has hung onto their car.
Only 64 road-going examples of the F1 (of which 106 were built in total) were made and as you'd expect, maintaining one can be costly. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) announced its F1 Certification program at last year's Hampton Court Concours d'Elegance and this year, it will be showing off the newly restored F1 #063.
Chassis 63 was painstakingly restored over a period of 18 months. During the process, the body and drivetrain were stripped away from the car and the interior was re-finished in Semi-Aniline leather (a one-off option for the F1). The owner chose to have the interior finished in Woking Grey, a color named after the skies seen at McLaren's former headquarters on Albert Drive.
Woking Grey Alcantara was used on the dashboard and passenger seats while the driver's seat gets red perforated Alcantara. MSO also fitted a new steering wheel from a stock of original parts and the owner will keep the original for historical reference.
Once the interior was complete, the body was repainted in the original Magnesium Silver color over a period of 900 hours. The 6.1-liter BMW-sourced V12 engine was completely rebuilt and was dyno-tested to ensure it still delivers the 618 horsepower necessary to reach 243 mph. MSO issued a unique Certificate of Authenticity for the car along with a bespoke illustrated book documenting its history. You can see Chassis 63 on display at the Hampton Court Concours d'Elegance from September 6 to 8.