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A unique McLaren F1 goes up for auction, a new record in sight?

The McLaren F1 is often regarded as the greatest sports car ever built. And with just 106 units made, including racing versions, it is al


The McLaren F1 is often regarded as the greatest sports car ever built. And with just 106 units made, including racing versions, it is also one of the rarest and most valuable. But not all F1 are the same and to show the Only McLaren F1 to go up for auction this month by the experts at RM Sotheby’s.

A car that, given its special characteristics, could well become the most expensive McLaren F1 ever sold. Although perhaps we will never know since it will be auctioned using a formula in which those interested submit a single sealed bid inside an envelope and therefore, the offers will only be known by those responsible for the event.

A McLaren F1 with BMW Z1 headlights

RM Sotheby’s

We are before the McLaren F1 with chassis number 059 of the 64 copies with street specifications manufactured by the brand. A unit that came off the Woking assembly line with a peculiarity that differentiated it from any other F1 manufactured up to that time and that has not been subsequently replicated in any other F1.

It is said that one of the weak points of the McLaren F1 was its headlights, which apparently offered lighting that was not up to the extraordinary performance of the car. So when the original owner of the McLaren F1 059 placed the order, he wanted McLaren to improve that aspect of their car.

McLaren F1 059 rimsRM Sotheby’s

Thus, McLaren engineers replaced the original headlights by ones from a (test) BMW Z1 Roadster. But apparently the aesthetics of the car changed so much that he was soon back in Woking for yet another facelift to rectify that problem.

The second -and definitive- solution implied the adaptation of the projectors of the optical groups, maintaining the original casing of the headlights and those ‘eyebrows’ so characteristic. In this way, forward visibility in low light conditions was substantially improved by taking advantage of the Z1’s headlights.

McLaren F1 059 interiorRM Sotheby’s

As if that weren’t enough, the car once again returned to McLaren to have the High Downforce Kit fitted along with the iconic five-spoke Speedline magnesium alloy wheels. What they did not change was the engine, which remained with the original specifications: a naturally aspirated 6.1-liter V12 block of BMW origin capable of producing 627 hp and 651 Nm of torque.