If you've got the cash to place on the hood (or nose cone, as it were), most any Formula One team will sell you one of their old race cars. After all, they're not using them anymore, and it's a good way to raise funds to develop next year's car. But not McLaren. The team from Woking – one of the most successful in the series – doesn't sell its old cars, though with 176 grand prix victories, twelve drivers' championships and eight constructors' titles, you can bet they'd fetch a pretty penny. Instead, it keeps them all warehoused at a facility, location undisclosed, simply called Unit 2.

The warehouse contains some 75 grand prix cars, an untold number of the team's sports cars from other racing series (like Le Mans, Can-Am and Indy), and various road cars it's produced over the years, like the legendary McLaren F1, the SLR it built for Mercedes-Benz, and the new MP4-12C. But while none of these cars are for sale, Unit 2 will soon be depleted of much of its stock.

Their destinations? The 35 global dealerships that McLaren Automotive has opened or will open by year's end, like the one pictured above in Düsseldorf. Each showroom is to get a racing car to display alongside the road cars it has for sale, and many of them will be location-specific. The dealer in Monte Carlo, for example, will display the 1993 MP4-8 that Ayrton Senna drove to victory at the Monaco Grand Prix. The dealer in Brussels will reportedly display the 2004 MP4-19 with which Kimi Raikkonen won the 2004 Belgian Grand Prix. And the Philadelphia showroom will display the 1976 M26 that James Hunt piloted to victory at the US Grand Prix that year.

So if you want to see a piece of McLaren racing history, better call up your nearest dealership and find out when their show car is due to arrive. Just don't go looking for Unit 2, because even if you can find it, chances are they won't let you in.


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      Pdexter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very very cool. Hopefully non of them gets stolen/damaged on the process.
      Jonathan Arena
      • 2 Years Ago
      Woo! Can't wait to see the James Hunt car
        ack154
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Arena
        If you're anywhere near Watkins Glen, you can see it right now at the International Motor Racing Research Center. We just had our SCCA board meeting there Thursday and his M23 is there. It's beautiful. Photos: https://plus.google.com/photos/114531664857348764961/albums/5743696946660492321?authkey=CPnRpvvim5H1Kw
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if they would allow a test drive of Senna's F1 car. If so I'm there.
      Hdesigns
      • 2 Years Ago
      The James Hunt car has been at the Philadelphia McLaren dealership for months now. This info is way out of date. Here's the James Hunt car at the Philadelphia dealership. http://db.tt/n4kMCaUR
      Ben Chia
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Singapore showroom has the car that Lewis won the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix with
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Better than putting them in merchandise stores (looking at you Ferrari)
      mace.windu
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is just too damn cool. This was news around the first of the year though. Just sayin.
      cocoo2006
      • 2 Years Ago
      its not secret at all. in fact they have so many pictures and videos that its almost a tourist zone. also they give the address because it is also the place where they built the carbon fiber shells for the slr. http://skiddmark.com/2011/07/unit-2-where-mclarens-racing-cars-go-to-retire/ autoblog, stop making up stuff.
      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like there are seven USGP F1 McLaren race winning cars the dealers can fight over: 2007 Hamilton MP4-22 2001 Hakkinen MP4-16 1991 Senna MP4/6 World Champion 1990 Senna MP4/5B World Champion 1989 Prost MP4/5 World Champion 1977 Hunt M26 1976 Hunt M23 Pretty cool idea for McLaren and a great way to get those great race cars out of that storage garage they have.
      Brent Worrell
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've already been to the Mclaren dealer in the Outside of philly (in West Chester PA) and its magnificent. the M26 will be a welcome addition. i'll swing back up there when i hear its there.
      Curtis Barnard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone know what the silicon valley dealership will get?
      Reuben
      • 2 Years Ago
      one of my car magazines (Automobile, i think) recently had a few photos of the McLaren warehouse....so there are pics out there
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