The previous price of $19.8 million has been beaten.
Just 106 examples were built beginning in 1992 and ending in 1996. Every single surviving one is worth millions of dollars, but some are worth more than others. This McLaren F1, however, is at the very top of the charts. This 1995 F1, chassis No. 029 and described as a "time capsule" was just sold at Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach auction for a record-smashing $20.465 million. It has only 243 miles on its odometer and remains in an "as delivered" state.
The previous McLaren F1 road car auction record was set back in 2017 with a price tag of $15.62 million. In 2019, an example converted to LM specifications by McLaren Special Operations went for $19.8 million.
This latest F1, as you can imagine, is very special. The key reason why is because it's rarely been seen in public for nearly its entire lifetime. Being hidden away in a private Japanese collection will do that. It was meticulously maintained for all of those years and required very little to get it prepared for the auction.
As you can imagine for any F1, it attracted what was described as "spirited bidding" as it crossed the stage. Everything about it is original, down to the coded Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, FACOM tool chest, fitted luggage, titanium tool kit, an official "Driving Ambition" book, and even a unique TAG Heuer watch.
It was the 25th road-going version built (out of 64 cars) and wears a one-off exterior paint color, Creighton Brown. The light tan and dark brown leather interior has, of course, the iconic three-seat setup with the driver sitting center, a layout now found in the McLaren Speedtail. All F1s are powered by a BMW-sourced 6.1-liter V12 rated at 618 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is 240 mph.
To this day, it remains the fastest naturally aspirated production car ever made. Its new owner and their country of residence were not made available. Chances are, for better or worse, No. 29 is going back into private storage.