The McLaren F1 is a car that’s synonymous with not just 90’s supercars, but supercars in general. The three seats, the insane amounts of power, the actual gold that was used in the engine bay, it was a once in a lifetime car. Only recently did McLaren actually go into the actual business of making road cars, so the F1 was an event during its time in production. McLaren only made 64 roadcars between 1993 and 1998 (as opposed to the 375 McLaren P1s that were made during its production run). Another special fact about these cars is that MSO (McLaren Special Operations) heritage division still maintains and manages F1’s daily. Now over 15 years later, one of those cars are being made available again to the general public.
Chassis number 69 ( car number 60 to be built) is now available for sale directly from McLaren. The car is in stellar condition, with 2500 miles on it! In 1998, this car's model year, only 6 F1s were made. As seen in the photos the car comes in a stunning carbon black, with magnesium wheels that tops off the stealthy fighter jet styling. Moving along to the interior, it has different color seats for the driver, and 2 passengers. All the present materials, leather, and alcantara, are spotless. The car comes with all the materials and goodies a new owner would get including fitted luggage, complete Facom titanium lightweight tool kit and Facom tool box, all books and literature, including the correct numbered LM Edition of the ’Driving Ambition’ McLaren F1 book and limited edition McLaren F1 owner’s watch.
The car was the first road car to feature a carbon fiber chassis. It’s really cool because it’s still a very rare feat even to this day, reserved to the NSX, Laferrari, Huayra,and similar cars of that tier. More than 20 years later, it’s STILL the fastest NA production road car ever built. What powers that? A 627 horsepower v12 engine developed by BMW, packaged in a gold wrapped engine bay.
The F1 is not a car for the faint of heart. It’s one of the original analogue supercars, when you had to actually apply pressure to use the clutch and brake pedals. It is naturally aspirated and ROARS to it’s redline. It weighs 2500 pounds, which is astounding. Looking at another modern day NA manual supercar, the Viper ACR puts out 645 hp, but weighs 3,374 pounds. It’s rear mid engine rear wheel drive setup can snap oversteer in a second. But that’s what gives the car its charm. You control it and you drive it. There’s not a ton of computers fixing errors, you don’t gently make things happen, you use force, and you have to know what you’re doing
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No price is quoted in the press release by McLaren, but I’m hoping the car goes to someone who will cherish it and drive it. It’s not only a piece of automotive legend and history, but engineering, and technology.