When it comes to supercars, few will cite anything other than the McLaren F1 as the iconic vehicle which took both the category and the marque into a bold new era, paving the way for many other greats to\u00a0grace the tarmac in the coming decades. Despite countless supercars from a long list of producers being released in the past twenty-odd years, none are quite so elusive as the F1: a car which literally changed the laws of the road when it first came out in 1993.\r\n\r\nOnly 106 McLaren F1s were ever made, so to have a McLaren Ex Le Mans F1 GTR Restoration happen is important to automotive history. Out of those 106 McLarens, only 64 were meant to be road cars. Aside from being so few in number, those cars were even more special in that they were the culmination of everything McLaren had learned from the F1\u2019s incredible racing career.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEven more exclusive were the twenty-eight GTRs that were made specifically for racing. The 1998 GTR that was restored raced in the Le Mans before joining a private collection. That private collector then commissioned a restoration of the car, prompting McLaren to create a certification program for the F1\u2014the McLaren Special Operation\u2019s F1 Certified Program. The program is set up to \u201csafeguard originality of iconic cars for future generations.\u201d\r\n\r\nSealed containers from June of 1998 were opened up to provide the parts for the restoration, those parts included fresh body panels as well as the tall gearing and blue roof identification lights of the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans specs. The process took 18 months to complete.\r\n\r\nFuture restorations will benefit from the creation of the certified program. Owners will be able to track the history and DNA of the car all the way from production, verifying not only the car\u2019s provenance, but also the originality, service life, road and race history, and any McLaren-sanctioned upgrades.\r\nCheck it out\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.