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This McLaren F1 is unique, says auction house. The reason is a bit laughable

Let’s face it, a McLaren F1 is always special. Only 106 copies were built and they invariably fetch tens of millions at auctions. But this silver F1 is unique, according to auction house RM Sotheby’s. The reason for that is a bit laughable.

Do we have to introduce the McLaren F1 yet? Come on, just a little while. Built from 1992 to 1998, it was powered by a 627 hp BMW V12 and was the world’s fastest production car for 12 years, with a top speed of 386 km/h. F1 captured the imagination, not only because of its central driver’s seating position (with space for two passengers diagonally behind) and the use of real gold as a heat shield, but also because of its Le Mans win in 1995.

McLaren F1 auctioned for $20.5 million

It’s not often a McLaren F1 is auctioned, but when it does, records are broken. Last August, a brown car with extremely low mileage was hammered at $20.5 million. RM Sotheby’s is not giving an estimate for the silver McLaren that goes on sale this month, but it’s almost certain it will be heading towards 20 million. Because according to the auction house, there is something unique about this F1.

One thing is unique about this F1: the headlights

Collectors are sometimes a little crazy. Then they necessarily want that Star Wars doll with a different color or a small production error. The same apparently applies to wealthy car collectors, because there is only one thing ‘unique’ about this McLaren: the headlights. If you look closely, you can see that they are flatter than on a ‘normal’ F1, which has two large round lamps per light unit.

What does a BMW Z1 have to do with this?

Its light output is poor. McLaren later solved this by using better lamps in the standard light units, but initially tried to solve the problem in a different way. This F1 – production number 59 – is the only one equipped with flatter headlight housings, in which the lights of the BMW Z1 are mounted. And that makes collectors so excited that they open their wallets even further, RM Sotheby’s hopes.

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