When it comes to a car that inspires lust and admiration in the way the McLaren F1 does, it’s perhaps no surprise that owners’ attitudes about mileage and preservation vary wildly. Take this 1995 McLaren F1, which came out of a collection in Japan. It is stunningly original, down to its original Goodyear tires. In sum, just 242 miles grace the odometer—and now it’s for sale at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in mid-August.
A few years back at MSO’s surprisingly small workshop, we ran into an owner’s well-used (and well-loved) F1 being serviced. It had likely exceeded 242 miles in the month before it came into the shop for a regular overhaul. In other words, the F1 is an eminently usable supercar, and yet with values being what they are, the decision to preserve one or to drive one has consequences—and rewards.
Moreover, this particular one, chassis no. 029, is unique for more than just its condition. The color—Creighton Brown—is a one-off that gives a special nod to an executive who helped found the automaker. That executive’s full name, coincidentally, was Creighton Brown. He had a long association with McLaren Cars co-founder Ron Dennis on the racing side of the business before the road car company was founded in 1990. The color is muted but elegant, and the provenance of the name is just another bit of lore that enhances the appeal of this car for the diehard McLaren enthusiast.
Along with its remarkable state of preservation, this F1 comes with a huge range of original accessories, tools, and documentation. There’s even an exquisitely rare Tag Heuer 6,000 chronograph—one of just 64 created exclusively for F1 owners, according to the watch experts at Hodinkee.
The totality of the specialness of the F1 means that the prices of the few that were made are now in the stratosphere. Gooding & Company estimates this sale will exceed $15,000,000. The car crosses the block on Friday, August 13 at the Pebble Beach Parc du Concours.
Photography by Mike Maez, used with permission of Gooding & Company.
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