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1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail

• Though the average car buyer often looks for vehicles with low mileage and zero crash history, those looking to collect sportscars have different priorities. The McLaren F1 GTR Longtail checks almost all of a collector’s boxes.

• It’s got multiple international racing competition wins under its belt, it’s been restored by specialists, and it’s one rare McLaren motorsports vehicles to reach auction. It’s the costliest F1 Longtail by a mile! Gooding & Co. deals in high-quality automobiles and racecars, and one of the priciest they ever auctioned was the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail

Design

• The McLaren F1 GTR is the racing variant of the McLaren F1 sports car first produced in 1995 for grand touring style racing, such as the BPR Global GT Series, FIA GT Championship, JGTC, and British GT Championship. It was powered by the naturally aspirated BMW S70/2 V12 engine. It is most famous for its overall victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans where it won against faster purpose-built prototypes in very wet conditions. The F1 GTR raced internationally until 2005 when the final race chassis was retired.

Performance

• The F1 can reach up to 240.1 mph, a record it set back in the 1990s. The F1 was the fastest production car of its time and, in our humble opinion, no less than the finest sports car of its generation

Production

• Several of the most valuable McLarens are street-friendly cars with racing-quality engines. But the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail that sold for millions in 2014 is an actual motorsports car with a long history and multiple wins. This race-ready motorsports car sold for $5.3 million when it went to auction in 2014.

• Of those 106 cars, 28 examples would be built to GTR specification, dedicated for competition in FIA GT among other series. Ten of those F1 GTRs would be outfitted with the Longtail bodywork, with a larger nose, tail, and rear wing to improve high-speed stability.