• Jun 29th 2009 at 7:00PM
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1997 McLaren F1 GTR "Long-Tail" - click above for a high res image gallery

For those whose cash reserves have not been completely depleted by the current global recession, a very special car is currently up for sale in Japan via Wintel. This racer is one of ten long-tail McLaren F1 GTRs built especially for the 1997 FIA GT season.

The F1 GTR first hit the track in 1995 when a model barely removed from the roadgoing version raced to victory at Le Mans. By 1997, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche had seen the writing on the wall, and combined with the series' updated rules, had created their own competitors, including the CLK-GTR and the 911 GT1. McLaren's 97 F1 GTR had all-new bodywork with a longer nose and tail that reduced drag and dramatically increased downforce. By this time, the new purpose-built Mercedes and Porsche cars were regularly outrunning the McLaren, although the latter did manage 197 mph on the Mulsanne straight at Le Mans. There is no indication of a price tag, although if you have to ask...

[Source: Wintel.co.jp]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I have to agree that that is one sexy car. However, in trying to read up on the history I noticed some bad translating in the listing. I think I could make out that it was a backup and never actually raced, hence it's immaculate condition. Does no race history mean it will be worth less or more???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gulf livery FTW
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is stunningly pretty to look at. I really find it hard to believe that it's design is that old. Job well done McLaren.
      • 6 Years Ago
      McLaren F1s have not aged a day
      • 6 Years Ago
      the best thing ever happened between Britain and Germany , beating the Phantom.... and various Bentleys and Minis
      • 6 Years Ago
      I need to go change my pants ...
      JDM Life
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jesus Christ.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw these things run in the FIA GT race at Laguna Seca in 1997. While the Benzes and the Porsches were faster, these were by far the best looking cars in the field. Pretty impressive shriek from the BMW V12 too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some lucky SOB will get to own this, how awesome would it be to be that guy?
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Geez.... Imagine....

      McLaren F1 + a cold Warsteiner + a fresh Davidoff.....

      • 6 Years Ago

      It will probably end up in Dubai or Saudi Arabia.

      Some rich oil sheikh will be enjoying that car.
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