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Old 10-30-2008, 01:11 AM
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New World Record for McLaren F1 supercar set by RM Auctions

A staggering price for the McLaren F1:

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LONDON, England (October 29, 2008) – RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, entered the history books again tonight selling a superb McLaren F1 supercar for £2,530,000 at the highly anticipated Automobiles of London event.

Marking the first time the car has been offered since sold new by McLaren, tonight’s sale of one of the world’s fastest road cars and McLaren’s former Park Lane showroom model attracted spirited bidding. The final sales price more than doubled the pre-sale estimate.

“The world record breaking price for the McLaren F1 is a huge achievement for our London auction and confirms RM’s position as the world’s leading auction house for vintage automobiles,” said Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Auctions European Division.

“The £2.5 million sale price redefined the market for these superb vehicles. The McLaren F1 is quite simply one of the most contemporary cars ever produced and tops a sale that has again shown that great cars attract great prices. We are now looking forward to building on tonight’s results at our next European event in Maranello, Italy on May 17, 2009,” he added.

It was standing room only at the seven-hour sale as 100 of the world’s finest vintage motor cars went under the hammer before an international audience. A series of intense bidding contests developed throughout the evening, which in addition to the record-breaking McLaren sale, saw a 1965 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta and the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France each fetch £2,255,000 indicating the continued strength of the sports and racing segment of the market. Other notable highlights included an ultra-rare 1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster which sold for £1,127,500 and a stunning 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante which brought £660,000.

In addition to the vintage motor cars, the event presented eleven creative customs by UK artist, Andy Saunders, who has been billed as the Damien Hirst of the car world. Described as ‘drivable art’ in its truest sense, highlights of this unique offering included: the remarkable 1958 Ford X-2000 Recreation for £41,250 and the incredible 1983 Bentley ‘Mentley Insanne’ for £18,700.

RM Auctions’ will return to Europe in May for the highly anticipated Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event at the legendary Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.

Full sales results will be posted on RM AUCTIONS.
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Old 10-30-2008, 02:08 AM
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time to dust off the old Supertramp record: "Crisis? What Crisis?"

also interesting to see that the absence of the letter "S" for the 57 Atalante sale made such a difference compared to the August Gooding sale of a 57SC....
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Also interesting to see that the absence of the letter "S" for the 57 Atalante sale made such a difference compared to the August Gooding sale of a 57SC....
There were only a couple dozen S-chassis built compared to several hundred regular 57 chassis, so it is not all that surprising.
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i suppose they don't make them anymore....but jesus some people have money to burn.

still. wonder if McLaren has kept the original blueprints/moulds.
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Old 10-30-2008, 03:40 AM
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Do want. The McLaren F1 really is the messiah of supercars.
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Do want. The McLaren F1 really is the messiah of supercars.
indeed, thats the car every car colector must have.
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Old 10-30-2008, 04:28 AM
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Do want. The McLaren F1 really is the messiah of supercars.
Beware ,Monaco Country will come here and tell you it will be smoked by the ZR1
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well, you know guys, I was looking for a special birthday present...
It will delivered with a strap at your doorstep later today. It's what we do for our supporting members.
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That makes me wonder how much a LM would fetch if it was ever available for sale.
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Do want. The McLaren F1 really is the messiah of supercars.
Is it the Obama of supercars?

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That makes me wonder how much a LM would fetch if it was ever available for sale.
One hundred million dollars.

Was there anything special about this one? Or is it just another run of the mill F1? It's silver. Bleh.
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Was there anything special about this one? Or is it just another run of the mill F1? It's silver. Bleh.
They repainted the burgundy F1 GT to silver... to match the McLaren F1 car (the proper Formula One that is). And it's special alright.
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That makes me wonder how much a LM would fetch if it was ever available for sale.
Good question. Just makes me hate Lewis Hamilton more for being promised one if he wins the title.
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Old 10-30-2008, 06:25 AM
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Was there anything special about this one? Or is it just another run of the mill F1? It's silver. Bleh.
It was the last one to leave the showroom and it has the lowest mileage of all F1s.
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