McLaren only made 500 examples of the 675LT, plus another 500 of the Spider version that followed. And with so few made, they’re still trading hands for big bucks on the second-hand market. This one, though, is currently up for auction on Copart, with bidding (as we went to press) having reached just $65,500. But as you’ve probably ascertained by now, there’s a bit of a catch.
Hardcore as it is, this Longtail McLaren was apparently a bit too much machine for its driver, who appears to have crashed it pretty hard. Just how hard, we couldn’t say. Maybe there’s structural damage to the carbon monocoque (which would be very expensive to repair), or maybe it’s more cosmetic. If the latter’s the case, buying and repairing it could net one heck of a supercar bargain.
The 675LT, for those unfamiliar, was the more focused version of the 650S that’s since been replaced by the new 720S in McLaren’s mid-range Super Series. It packs a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 sending 666 horsepower (496 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Lightened and stiffened up, it was quoted to sprint to 62 mph (100 kmh) from a standstill in under 3 seconds, run the quarter-mile (402 meters) in 10.3 seconds, and top out at 205 mph (330 km/h). More to the point, with just 4.34 pounds (1.97 kg) for the power of each horse to motivate, it was the fastest production road car ever to round the Top Gear test track (at the time), clocking a 1:13.7 lap time to just barely knock the Pagani Huayra off its perch.
All 1,000 examples (between the coupe and the roadster) have long since been sold out, and the new 600LT may be no easier to get your hands on. So this may represent a heck of an opportunity – if you get your bid in before the auction closes today. If it’s already closed by the time you see this, though, that’s probably all for the best. Because we could never in good conscience recommend buying a car sight unseen, regardless of its advertised condition.