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1995 McLaren F1 Road Car Sells for Record-Breaking $27 Million

A unique 1995 McLaren F1 road car has set a new record auction price, selling for a whopping USD$20.465 million (AUD$27.63 million) at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auctions. Described as a ‘time capsule’ by the iconic manufacturer, this isn’t just a well-preserved supercar, it’s a near-perfect example of automotive history. Unbelievably, the 1995 McLaren F1 has less than 390 kilometres (243 miles) on the odometer, meaning it’s hardly been let off the lease.

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Rarely seen in public, the Chassis 029 spent most of its existence hidden away in a private Japanese collection, McLaren confirmed. However, the piece did attract some serious bidding as it crossed the Gooding & Company auction block in Monterey. Carefully maintained and rarely driven, the car was in pristine and original condition down to its date coded Goodyear Eagle F1 tires and came complete with its original FACOM tool chest, fitted luggage, titanium tool kit, official ‘Driving Ambition’ book, and special TAG Heuer watch.

For McLaren fans, the 1995 F1 marks an important moment in the brand’s history. Marking the brand’s most refined step into the road arena, the F1 set new standards for performance and design. Just 106 of the iconic three-seater, V-12-engined F1 road cars were produced between 1992 and 1998, with just 64 being completed to original road car specification. To this day it remains the fastest naturally aspirated production car with a top speed of 240 mph, part of the reason why the car is such a collector’s item.

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This specific 1995 model was the 25th road car built and the only one finished in a stunning one-off colour, named Creighton Brown. This colour was apparently named after one of the executives who was instrumental in establishing the fledgling McLaren Cars company. This distinctive exterior is complemented by a Light Tan and Dark Brown leather upholstery inside the three-seater cockpit.

“We were incredibly proud to present this exceptional McLaren F1, and tonight, the market confirmed the sheer prowess of this unparalleled supercar from one of the most legendary names in motoring,” said Gooding & Company President and Founder, David Gooding. “This sale was a historic moment not only for Gooding & Company, but for the McLaren legacy and the entire industry as a whole.”

The USD$20.465 million sale greatly surpasses the previous record for a McLaren F1 road car of $15.62 million set in 2017. Only a recent example that had been converted at the McLaren Special Operations Woking factory to ultra-rare LM specification has come close, selling for USD$19.8 million in 2019.

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