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Click above for a high resolution image of the record setting McLaren F1

Despite the slow economy there are still people out there with money to burn, as evidenced by the recent auction in London put on by RM and Sotheby's. In addition to a pair of classic Ferraris going for over £2.2 million, the highlight of the auction was the record sale of a 1997 McLaren F1. One of only 64 road cars built, not including the LM and GT versions, this particular F1 was displayed in McLaren's Park Lane showroom in London until sold new. This was the first time the car has been sold since, and the record bid of £2,530,000 translates to about $4.1 million, twice the original estimate for the car. RM had previously sold a 1994 McLaren F1 at its 2006 Monterey auction for $1,705,000. More information on the auction can be found in the press release after the jump, and the full list of sales can be seen RM's brand new web site.

[Source: RM Auctions]


RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby's, entered the history books again tonight selling a superb McLaren F1 supercar for £2,530,000 at the highly anticipated Automobiles of London event.

Marking the first time the car has been offered since sold new by McLaren, tonight's sale of one of the world's fastest road cars and McLaren's former Park Lane showroom model attracted spirited bidding. The final sales price more than doubled the pre-sale estimate.

"The world record breaking price for the McLaren F1 is a huge achievement for our London auction and confirms RM's position as the world's leading auction house for vintage automobiles," said Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Auctions European Division.

"The £2.5 million sale price redefined the market for these superb vehicles. The McLaren F1 is quite simply one of the most contemporary cars ever produced and tops a sale that has again shown that great cars attract great prices. We are now looking forward to building on tonight's results at our next European event in Maranello, Italy on May 17, 2009," he added.

It was standing room only at the seven-hour sale as 100 of the world's finest vintage motor cars went under the hammer before an international audience. A series of intense bidding contests developed throughout the evening, which in addition to the record-breaking McLaren sale, saw a 1965 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta and the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France each fetch £2,255,000 indicating the continued strength of the sports and racing segment of the market. Other notable highlights included an ultra-rare 1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster which sold for £1,127,500 and a stunning 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante which brought £660,000.

In addition to the vintage motor cars, the event presented eleven creative customs by UK artist, Andy Saunders, who has been billed as the Damien Hirst of the car world. Described as 'drivable art' in its truest sense, highlights of this unique offering included: the remarkable 1958 Ford X-2000 Recreation for £41,250 and the incredible 1983 Bentley 'Mentley Insanne' for £18,700.

RM Auctions' will return to Europe in May for the highly anticipated Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event at the legendary Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.

Full sales results will be posted on www.rmauctions.com.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome machine. Reminds me of the 5th gear (or was it Final gear?) where Tiff Needle basically has an orgasm driving this thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That was Top Gear.
        • 6 Years Ago

        You're showing your age ;).

        Tiff Needell was on Top Gear back in it's "old" version, which ended in either 2001 or 2002.

        • 6 Years Ago
        That Top Gear segment was one of my favorite ones ever. I also really enjoyed the one he did with the E39 M5. The one where he pulls off an excellent 360. I'd post some Youtube links, but I'm on my computer at work and it's a blocked site. Might add a few later from home though.

        Tiff was absolutely part of Top Gear and he's still my favorite reviewer, a joy to listen to and more talented than virtually any other on TV today. It's a shame that 5th gear just doesn't showcase him as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why oh Why isn't this car in Gran Turismo? And no, I don't want the BMW GTR version.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The GT makers need exact specification with various road test to actually put it into the game. It is called one of the most exact car simulation game.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Only 64 ever built, one just sold for $4,100,000 and ur curious why one of those cars hasn't just been handed over to polyphony to flog the crap out of... really?

        Short answer, because McLaren probably hasn't given them the rights to for whatever reason...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Both the road version and the LM were in Need For Speed. I forget which one exactly but it was either Hot Pursuit or High Stakes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm surprised to see it's so many people's favorite car as well! I love it. I just casually mentioned it this morning to my wife while talking about cars (we just drove by a shop with that fixes up Ferrari's etc).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Completely worth it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      helluva investment tax break
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the greatest car ever built. Ill take on of these, and an LM. heheheh
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is my alltime favorite car. No way I could ever afford one, so I am making do with 2 models and the beautiful book that describes the design, engineering, and building of this truly amazing car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Besides that, that was also a smart investment. The price tag on this car will only go up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Best. Car. EVAR.

      This car deserves to appreciate in value, the craftsmanship and engineering is second to nothing.

      I know McLaren is developing new road cars, but they aren't trying to re-design this.

      I am not even sure I could imagine re-starting the design process that Murray, and others underwent in 1992, to design this car with so absolutely few compromises of any kind, with price being no object.

      Sixteen years into the future, with the advancement in materials, processes, electronics, and everything else... what would be this sort of State of the Art today? (and don't say the committee-think haute-couture Veyron, it may be faster, but it doesn't represent what the F1 did.)
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