And it's heading to auction. Bring cash. Lots of it.
Meet McLaren F1 chassis number 044. It’s just one of 64 F1 road cars ever built, and just so happens to be the first one ever imported to the US. Next month at Pebble Beach it’ll be up for auction by Bonhams. In fact, it’s being offered by its original owner. Most of us know the history of the McLaren F1, its BMW-built V12, and how the completely analog supercar has forever cemented its place in automotive history. Number 044 was the thirty-seventh F1 to roll off the assembly line, painted in Base Silver with a black/gray Connolly leather interior.
The signature red colored panels in the central driver’s seat are also present. Purchased brand new in 1996, its then and current owner immediately embarked on a European countryside road trip, traveling to France, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. The start and finish point was McLaren’s Woking factory. There’s a total of 9,600 miles on the clock, about half of which were put on during that ultimate road trip. Before being shipped stateside, the car was serviced once more in Woking. The moment it arrived in New York, it began the conversion process to be federalized for US road use. Performed by Ameritech, the car was not physically altered so that it could be returned 100 percent to its original form one day.
It passed all US regulations and remained on the East Coast for 22 years. All of the Ameritech conversion items have been properly removed. Thoroughly maintained throughout its lifetime, the sale comes complete with its tool kit, full luggage set, car cover, watch, and many other unique items. Bonhams didn’t list an estimated price, but based on previous McLaren F1 sales, this one will easily go for at least $10 million. Photos courtesy of Bonhams.