1995 McLaren F1 - Chassis #062
Estimate: $2,500,000 - $3,500,000 USD (initially $873,000 USD)
■ Two owners from new
■ California registered, US delivery car
■ EPA and BAR certified
■ Complete with tools and fitted luggage
■ Less than 3,500 original miles
■ Recently serviced by the McLaren Authorized Service Center (MASC)
■ A milestone in automobile design
The brainchild of gifted designer Gordon Murray, the McLaren F1 has become recognized the world over as a prime example of the pursuit for automotive excellence. Constructed with the same care and attention to detail that epitomizes a Formula One operation, the F1 was designed without compromise, engineered with elegance and assembled with precision, utilizing the finest materials available, including aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber, and 24K gold. The engine, spearheaded by BMW Motorsport's Paul Rosche, was tailor-made to suit the needs of the F1 development team and the naturally aspirated 627 Horsepower V-12 combines the best of all worlds. It has tremendous reserves of torque, a linear delivery and an unforgettable sound. Not only did it make a fabulous power plant for the road-going F1, it helped McLaren Automotive win the 24-Hour of Le Mans race and served in BMW's own successful racing efforts. When the car debuted in 1992, it captured headlines in every automotive magazine worldwide. In the years since, it has been bestowed with every automotive cliché, every possible hyperbole, and has been featured in countless books, films and television series'. However, despite its exposure in the media, only 106 F1s were ever produced (25 of them modified for racing), making it a rare instance to witness one on the road or at a show. Because of its scarcity, it makes even the most exclusive supercars seem plentiful by way of comparison.
The F1 is not the typical overweight hyper-car, nor is it a bare-bones, kidney-jarring track toy; rather it is a lithe, beautifully engineered jewel of a car that is just as capable on a closed circuit as it is on crowded city streets. Were it not for its unique three seater layout (with the driver in the center) and drop-jawed onlookers, one might easily forget that they are piloting one of the most extreme high-performance automobiles ever produced. Professional racing drivers have remarked it as a true enthusiast's car – lightweight, nimble, balanced and refined. It has been over 20 years since the McLaren F1 was introduced to the public and more than 15 years since the last example was produced. In that time, there have been many attempts to overtake it: some supercars may have gone faster, been more audacious, had a more dramatic combination of letters and numbers in their title, yet none has ever come close to stealing the F1's status as the king of the modern supercar.
Chassis #062 was sold new to Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle. Noted as one of the world's wealthiest men, Mr. Ellison is also an avid sportsman with a competitive spirit. For years, he has been a major financier of the BMW Oracle Racing team, was a participant in the America's Cup and has owned a number of high-tech aircraft. Delivered new to California, 062 is in a particularly rarified league as it is one of only a handful of these British-built supercars registered, titled and certified for use in this state. It carries the necessary BAR labels and EPA documentation regarding its importation and can thus continue to be road-registered in California. Very few F1s are eligible to do so.
Mr. Ellison owned the McLaren F1 for the better part of a decade before selling it to its current owner: a noted California connoisseur with a stable of important sports and racing cars. In his care, the F1 has been exercised with regularity and has always been maintained as needed. As recently as July 2009, the F1 visited the factory authorized center in Oxnard, California, where it received a $70,000 USD major service which included a new clutch, new fuel cells, a complete fresh set of the specially designed Michelin tires and any other minor adjustments needed at the time. Later that year, the car returned for the factory catalytic converter update that has allowed it to pass a recent California smog examination.
Finished in Magnesium Silver over a black interior, Chassis #062 is a pinnacle example of the world's most recognized high-performance car. In its 17 years, the car has never been modified from its original appearance and has seen just enough use to keep it in fine running order without compromising its outstanding cosmetic condition. Unlike many other examples, this car has never been abused, modified with GT components or been through a color change. It remains essentially as delivered and, at the time of cataloging, the F1 displayed a mere 3,242 miles on the odometer. It should also be noted that this F1 is offered with its factory delivered luggage and onboard tools as well as various service records. Chassis #062 is, quite simply, a fabulous example of these groundbreaking automobiles and a prize for forward thinking collectors.[link][link][link][link][link][link]