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19 August 2019

McLaren F1 proves it's the Mac-Daddy of hypercars, selling for nearly $30,000,000

By Iain KellyIain Kelly

The McLaren F1 was, for a long time, the most expensive new car in the world carrying a list price of $1,000,000 (plus options).

Now it's one of the most expensive second-hand cars in the world, especially for a car built in the last 30 years, after an F1 road car sold for $29,207,314 Aussie bucks (US$19,800,000).

While the F1 road cars are acknowledged as the greatest driver’s cars of all time, at least two were upgraded to LM specifications by McLaren’s Woking factory, to give them similar performance to the Le Mans 24-hour-winning F1 GTR race car, but in a road registered package.

It was one of these LM-spec cars which sold at RM Sotherby’s Monterey Car Week auction for US$19,800,000.

This car, chassis number 018, actually spent the last 12 years in New Zealand in the hands of Andrew Bagnall and shows 21,487km (13,352 miles) on its odometer.

Seeing the F1, a car many in the industry regard as having the pedigree of the Ferrari 250 GTO, sell for this astounding sum elevates the world’s greatest driver’s car to a new level as a bona-fide investment.