Built for the BMW-backed Schnitzer team, 021R competed in the 1997 FIA GT Championship where JJ Lehto and Steve Soper drove it to the checkered flag at Hockenheim and Helsinki (not to mention a handful of other podium finishes) to finish second in the standings.
Consigned to Gooding & Company for its upcoming auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, the rare Longtail GTR still has its original FINA livery and is expected to fetch between $5 and $7 million. That would make it one of the most expensive McLarens ever sold, behind the $8.5 million Gooding garnered for one at Pebble Beach earlier this year.
The First McLaren F1 GTR Longtail Race Winner Leads Gooding & Company's January Offerings
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (December 18, 2013) – Gooding & Company is thrilled to announce that an exceptional collector competition car has been added to its Scottsdale Auctions on January 17 and 18. The most successful 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, 021R, finished in stunning white, blue and red FINA livery (estimate: $5,000,000-7,000,000) will proudly drive over Gooding & Company's auction stage as one of many premier offerings. The auction commences at 11 a.m. at Scottsdale Fashion Square each day.
Enthusiasts the world over recognize McLaren's F1 GTR as a stunning example of racing technology and timeless design. Competition McLarens rarely appear for public sale and 021R is no exception. This car was the first GTR Longtail race winner with accolades including wins at Hockenheim and Helsinki, as well as several other podium finishes. This car was campaigned by the Works BMW Motorsport Team and raced by star drivers J.J. Lehto and Steve Soper.
David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company: "We have a celebrated history of offering unique, rare to market McLaren cars. During our Pebble Beach Auctions in 2013, Gooding & Company set a world auction record for the McLaren marque with the sale of a 1997 F1 for $8,470,000. We look forward to continuing the tradition of success at our Scottsdale Auctions."
The GTR Longtail, 021R, is being offered from a significant private collection in its original factory-delivered form with iconic FINA livery. With limited owners from new, this highly sought-after GTR Longtail will arrive at auction having been restored by McLaren and maintained by Lanzante Ltd. This race prepped supercar marks a significant opportunity in today's market.
Additional high performance factory race and road cars that will be featured during the 2014 Scottsdale Auctions include a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO (estimate: $1,250,000-1,600,000), a 1973 Alpine A110 1800 (estimate: $300,000-400,000) and a 1980 BMW M1 (estimate: $400,000-500,000), among others.
The Scottsdale Auctions
Date(s): Friday, January 17, 11:00am and Saturday, January 18, 11:00am
Location: Scottsdale Fashion Square, 4700 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Public preview: January 15-18
Auctions catalogues: $100, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auctions
General admission: $40, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auctions
Live auction broadcast: www.goodingco.com
About Gooding & Company
Gooding & Company, internationally celebrated for its world-class automotive auctions, provides unparalleled service in the collector car market, offering a wide range of services including private and estate sales, appraisals, and collection management. Gooding & Company has realized 50 world records and sold $192.6 million in auction sales in 2013. The annual Scottsdale Auctions will take place on January 17 and 18, 2014 and The Amelia Island Auction on March 7, 2014. Preceding each auction, a complete catalogue is made available online at www.goodingco.com and a virtual auction guide is published via Gooding & Company's IAC award-winning iPhone and iPad app. For additional vehicle information and up-to-the-minute results, follow Gooding & Company on Facebook and Twitter @GoodingCompany.