A McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ has just sold at auction in America for $5,280,000. In proper money, that’s just over £3.2m. A lot, therefore.
It’s Team BMW Motorsport’s McLaren F1 GTR, and the first of the Longtails to record a victory. This car took the top spot at Hockenheim and Helsinki in 1997, and finished on the podium several other times too. Now it’s taken a podium position at Gooding & Co’s Scottsdale auction; a sale that took in a whopping $49,461,550 over the weekend.
Though this McLaren F1 GTR wasn’t the most expensive car on Gooding’s lot: that honour went to - what else? - a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet, which sold for $6,160,000.
Still, that McLaren, chassis #021R, came in under its expected target price of $7m. That makes it quite the bargain if you ask us, complete as it is with a massive 5.9-litre, 600bhp BMW V12, rare materials, iconic ‘FINA’ livery and a recent full restoration from McLaren.
So, that’s the top two spots taken, but which came in at number three? Another Ferrari, this one a 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series I Coupe, that sold for $3,300,000. Pocket money, then.
Check out our gallery of the finest cars from the Gooding auction. And get saving for next year…