One of the rarest McLaren F1s could sell for $23 million at the upcoming RM Sotheby’s auction

It doesn’t get more special than this! The McLaren F1 is the holy grail of supercars; with only 106 of them ever made, out of which only 64 left the factory road-legal, it’s one of the top choices for car collectors. So, it’s hardly a surprise that headlines are made whenever one the existing McLaren F1s crosses the auction block. However, an F1 unicorn is up for auction and we couldn’t have been more excited. Auction house RM Sotheby’s announced that McLaren F1 chassis 018 will be up for sale at its Pebble Beach event next month. The incredibly rare machine is one of the only two F1s modified by McLaren into “LM specifications.” For those familiar with the model, the British automaker upgraded two standard F1 road cars at the factory into proper Le Mans endurance-racing beasts.

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The features that distinguish the LM spec F1 from the rest include 18-inch OZ Racing center-lock five-spoke wheels like those used on the F1 GTR race car, a more potent version of the BMW-designed 6.1-liter V12 that produces 680 horsepower as compared to the standard F1’s 627, and a massive fixed rear wing. These upgrades are part of what McLaren calls the “Extra-High Downforce Kit.” Unlike the racecar versions, this particular F1 is fitted with comfy, luxurious interiors. It is trimmed with cream leather and Alcantara along with a Kenwood radio. Built in 1994, the chassis 018 has 13,352 miles on the odometer and has been in New Zealand since 2007 after being purchased by Kiwi entrepreneur and amateur racer Andrew Bagnell. As per pre-sale estimates, it is expected to sell for between $21m to $23m, but we won’t be surprised if it goes for more.

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