McLaren F1 029 RM Sotheby's auction

This 254-mile McLaren F1 could sell for over £20million

This 254-mile McLaren F1 could sell for over £20million

McLaren F1s don’t come up for sale very often. They’re hot property for so many reasons: they’re rare, celebrated as one of the greatest motorcars of all time, and they’re just about the definition of a blue-chip collector car in 2024.

They don’t transact these days for anything less than £10million. So this one, with just 254 miles on its odometer from new, that became the highest-priced McLaren F1 ever sold when it last came up for grabs in 2021, must have the potential to double that.

Chassis 029 has more than time capsule status to its credit. For a start, it’s presented in a unique colour way. Creighton Brown is named directly after the legendary joint owner of McLaren International, who joined the team with Ron Dennis back in the early 1980s and who was instrumental in the creation of McLaren Cars and the F1.

The car was originally delivered in Japan and comes complete with what is described as an ‘unbroken chain of provenance from new’. That means service records, ownership history and more. As you’d expect for a car that’s seen so little use, all the usual F1 accoutrement is present and correct, including the fitted luggage to match the Light Tan and Brazilian Brown cabin, FACOM tool chest and even the TAG Heuer watch.

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Indeed, it is the mileage that is the huge draw that makes this F1 a real unicorn, with the last owner having covered just 14 miles in the three years since purchasing it. Now, it could be yours, when it hits the Sotheby’s Sealed auction block on 13th May. But with talk of a softening market for all collector cars and the comparative peak this car sold at last, will this F1 manage to surpass its 2021 sale price of $20,465,000? We’ll be excited to find out.

This car is up for sale with RM Sotheby’s Sealed.

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Lewis Hamilton’s first Mercedes F1 car sold for $18million

Lewis Hamilton’s first Mercedes F1 car sold for $18million

In what is a rarity for a Mercedes F1 car, Lewis Hamilton’s W04 race car has gone under the hammer for $18,815,000 (just over £15 million) in Las Vegas. This is the exact car that he drove to victory at the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix.

At the very beginning of what would become a hugely successful partnership between team and driver. He drove this exact chassis in 14 of the 19 races that season, finishing on the podium four times with third places in Malaysia, China and Belgium and that victory in Hungary. He ultimately finished fourth in the driver’s championship.

The car itself was powered by a naturally aspirated 2.4-litre V8 limited to 18,000rpm producing 750PS (552kW). It featured KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), FRIC (Front-and-Rear Inter-Connected) suspension, and Mercedes referred to it at the time as the biggest step in performance the team had made since it returned to F1 as a manufacturer in 2010. Little did we know then just how dominant the team would go on to become.

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Needless to say, this car represents a seminal moment in the history of F1, the moment when two great entities came together on the first steps on a historic journey. It’s also currently the only car of its kind to be sold outside of the Mercedes bubble. Almost all of the surviving F1 cars are owned by either Mercedes, Toto Wolff or their respective drivers.

You can see why it fetched such a high price.

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