Ultra-Rare McLaren F1 LM-Spec For Sale By RM Sotheby’s New Private Sales Division

RM Sotheby’s has been known to auction off some extremely rare vehicles. And that’s just what we have here. But this one’s not crossing the auction block. Instead it’s being offered by the auctioneer’s new Private Sales department, which means any prospective buyer won’t have to contend with rival bidders to take it home – just pay the (assuredly huge) asking price.

It’s a McLaren F1, but not just “any” McLaren F1. This is an LM-Specification example, the first of just two made by McLaren Special Operations. It’s a road car, but was stripped down to near-race-spec and fitted with the competition-type engine. It also features the more extreme “extra high downforce package,” but retains the road car’s interior treatments, and even has a sat-nav system fitted – which, needless to say, isn’t something you’d find in most racers.

This isn’t the first time that RM Sotheby’s has handled this specific car. It previously auctioned it off three years ago in Monterey, where it sold for a mammoth $13.7 million. Adjusted for inflation, that’d be more than $14 million in today’s money. That was also enough to make it the most expensive British car ever sold at auction up to that point, though the sum has since been eclipsed by another McLaren F1 that Bonhams sold at the same event just last year for $15.6 million, by a Jaguar D-Type that RM sold (also in Monterey) two years ago for nearly $22 million, and by an Aston Martin DBR1 (also sold by RM in Monterey last year) for over $22.5 million.

Though RM Sotheby’s Private Sales division hasn’t disclosed how much the current owner is asking for the car this time around, we’d expect it to go for at least as much as it went for at auction in 2015.

If the McLaren isn’t your particular cup of English Breakfast tea, RM Sotheby’s new Private Sales department also has an award-winning 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Torpedo Sport available for $7 million, a 1960 MB 300 SL roadster for $1.3 million, a 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato for $395k, and a 1930 Bentley Speed Six, an alloy-bodied ’66 Ferrari 275 GTB, and ’61 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico all listed with prices undisclosed.

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  • Bo Hanan

    There are no words to describe this car. And to think it was designed in the 80’s. Wow!

    • Well to be fair late 80s is more early 90s.

      • Bash

        I agree with you.

  • Autoexperte

    by the way: Toyota won the 24 hours of Le Mans with terrific lap time

    • Alfa Giulia QV

      You already told us that.

  • Axiom Ethos

    My all time favorite car. I absolutely love the middle seating arrangement. Would love to see that brought back.

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    God I love this thing,

  • tseventy6

    Sexiest and most iconic car ever. Just love it. Nothing will ever top this.

  • Status

    Sold for $13.7 million just 3 years ago, and even today the car is worth every single dollar.

  • Teddy Wijaya


    • DR.FUNK


  • Karl

    It really should be a crime to be poor! How stunning is this car?

  • “auctioneer’s new Private Sales
    department, which means any prospective buyer won’t have to contend
    with rival bidders to take it home – just pay the (assuredly huge)
    asking price.”

    Basically they just become dealers, even with a lot of sales and entries, auction industry is facing a bit of problem with the high rate of cars failed to sell, like the Alfa G1 few months ago.

  • S3XY

    Too bad you rarely ever get to see these beauties on the road

    • DR.FUNK

      Last one I saw in the wild was a silver painted beauty in Beverly Hills…around 2002.

  • Bash



    No bad angles on this beauty…love it.

  • Infinite1

    What a beauty, such a timeless design for a timeless car.

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