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“The fastest, most accelerative production car the world has ever seen.” – Car and Driver
“This is the ultimate car.” – Road & Track
“A marvelous driver’s car beyond dispute…a top-ranked driver could own it for years and still not explore the
outer limits of its staggering performance.” – Car and Driver
These were just a few of the reviews from when the first McLaren F1 was available to test, only a few short
years after four men undertook an oath to construct the most remarkable sportscar to ever roll on public
The McLaren F1 went into production looking and sounding like nothing else. Boasting an unconventional
three-seater configuration, a staggering array of no compromises engineering, and an obsessively tailored
vision for extreme performance and outright speed, the McLaren F1 made no apologies for its audacious road
presence and take-no-prisoners performance.
Designed by South African Gordon Murray, the F1 was created with exotic materials and advanced
construction, incorporating such novel features as a centrally positioned seat for the driver and twin Kevlar
fans to create downforce. Featuring the world’s first carbon fiber reinforced plastic monocoque, the F1 spared
no expense to achieve its goals for road supremacy. Furthering the cost-is-no-object philosophy, gold
insulating foil was installed around the engine bay to ensure optimal heat containment—all of which helped
the street car achieve a world record top speed of 243mph (391kph). Only 64 street legal F1s were built,
paving the way for a remarkable but relatively brief career in racing.
In short, the levels of expertise, detailed craftsmanship and performance had only ever been encountered at
the apex of the racing world, Formula One, but never before in a road car. The McLaren F1 was the very first.
Similar to the legendary Ferrari GTO, the McLaren F1 dominated and defined an era. Today, these rare,
world-changing supercars almost never come up for sale – let alone one that has never had an accident – and
it is very likely there will never again be an opportunity to purchase a single-owner F1 with such provenance
The 1995 McLaren F1 will be offered on Friday, August 18th at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel,
California. For more detailed information about the McLaren, as well as the incredible array of other rare and
important collectors’ cars assembled for the sale, please visit Bonhams.com/Quail.
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