Peter Wallman, Managing Director of RM Sotheby’s Europe, says: “When these three cars broke onto the
scene they completely changed the way we viewed modern hypercars and indeed hybrid technology. From
the P1 GTR, the ultimate P1 in road-specification, to the Porsche’s tremendous all-wheel-drive traction, and
the LaFerrari’s incredible styling and outright speed, each is special in its own way. I’m delighted that RM
Sotheby’s is the first auction house to assemble all three in a single sale, and can’t wait to see them take
centre stage at Villa Erba next month.”
Unveiled at the 2013 Paris Motor Show, the McLaren P1 was the first hypercar of its time to be showcased
with a twin-turbo engine with an electric motor bolted on for an extra 177bhp, not that it needed it—the
standard 3.8-litre engine produced 727bhp on its own. The P1 GTR—a stripped out, track-only version of the
P1 introduced to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the company’s ground-breaking victory at Le Mans—took it
one step further, offering an incredible 986bhp on tap. This exclusive model was only made available to
existing P1 owners, with just 58 units of the coveted GTR version produced in total. Rare to start with, the
example secured for RM’s Villa Erba sale—a 2015 McLaren P1 GTR—is further set apart as one of very few
converted to road legal specification by McLaren specialists, Lanzante Motorsport. Finished in metallic black
with black wheels, it is offered out of single-ownership and comes to auction presented in ‘as new’ condition,
having covered just 360 kilometres (Est. €3.200.000 -€3.600.000).
Wallman adds, “It’s very rare that such a low-mileage and rare iteration of one of the most exciting
modern-day hypercars is offered for public sale, and we anticipate strong interest in its offering.”
The hypercar line-up also includes a 2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder, the only example produced in
Porsche’s historic ‘Paint to Sample’ Arrow Blue. As its name suggests, this car is fitted with the desirable
Weissach package, a €15.000 cost option, which reduced the weight of the standard car by 45 kg to further
its ludicrous performance of 0-100 km/h in just 2.6 seconds onwards to a top speed of 345 km/h. As part of
this package, many leather interior parts were swapped for lightweight Alcantara, super lightweight
magnesium wheels were fitted, and carbon fibre replaced many aluminum components as well as the
windscreen frame, roof, rear wings and rear-view mirror. This example also benefits from a Front Axle Lift
System, painted key and 918 photobook, and comes to market following a recent service that saw new front
tyres and Weissach-specific brake pads fitted. Also offered from single-ownership, it has been
well-maintained and shows just 11,000 kilometres on the clock (Est. €1.200.000 - €1.400.000).
The trio of hypercars set for Villa Erba is rounded out by the previously announced 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari.
Having covered a mere 180 kilometres since new, it joins the sale with the highly desirable, factory-fitted nose
lift kit, brake calipers and benefits from being covered with anti-stone chipping film to keep it in pristine
condition (Est. €2.650.00 - €3.200.000).
The official auction house of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale will present
a carefully curated roster of just 50 of the world’s finest automobiles, along with a superb selection of
motorcycles. A public preview of all auction lots will be held on the grounds of Villa Erba in Cernobbio (Lake
Como), Italy, on 26 May, ahead of the auction on 27 May.
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