Gooding & Company sold a beautiful McLaren F1 road car yesterday for the staggering price of $8.47 Million. The car was introduced by its designer, Gordon Murray before it crossed the auction block. We believe the result smashes the previous McLaren F1 record which stood at £3.5 million, set by Tom Hartley in England.
The car is chassis number 066 which was the 54th car built and had previously resided in Texas. It had two owners prior to auction. The exterior colour is classic Magnesium Silver and the car had a little over 14,000 miles on the clock at the time of auction. It is clear that the McLaren F1 will become a classic in years to come. Aside from the ultra-rade F1 LM, This particular example is probably the most desirable of all F1’s as it has comes in the original launch colours.
The car features a 6.1 litre BMW V12 engine with 618 bhp. As the car featured advanced carbon fibre body panels and a carbon fibre monocoque, Gordon Murray decided that heat shielding was necessary, hence the engine bay is lined with a distinctive gold foil. The McLaren F1 managed a zero-100 km/h sprint of just 3.2 seconds along with a Guiness World Record varified 243 mph (391 km/h) top speed. We hope the cars new owner enjoys using it!
The McLaren F1 wasn’t the only high value lot to pass through Gooding & Company. A Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta achieved $9.46 million and a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe achieved a price of $2.365 million.