McLaren is one of the most highly desired sports cars in the world. The British automakers produce exotic sports cars that are known for their speed, luxury, and exceptional performance.
They're also some of the most beautiful machines from an aesthetics perspective, with sleek and futuristic designs that make them look as fast and nimble as they are. McLarens are expensive vehicles with some of the rarer models going for millions. How valuable is the most expensive McLaren? Here are the five most expensive McLarens known today. The prices may surprise you.
5. 2017 McLaren P1 LM - Price: $4,000,000
The 2017 McLaren P1 LM is an exclusive Supercar that is hard to find, and when you do it's likely to cost you millions if it's in good condition. It's equipped with a 4-liter 3999cc engine that generates 719 horsepower with 1000 horsepower max.
The top speed is rated at 217 mph with a zero to 60 mph acceleration of a mere 2.4 seconds. It tears up the road if you're daring enough to take it out. This is a heavy car with a weight of 3,064 lbs that helps to keep it firmly grounded on the road.
The weight is almost a necessity if you want to prevent this superfast car from becoming airborne on the straightaways. It's fast, sexy, and valuable as a collector's piece, but it's not the most expensive McLaren out there.
4. 2012 McLaren X-1 - Price: $5,000,000
The 2012 McLaren X-1 is a concept car that was custom-built for a customer per special orders as a one-off model. It was showcased at Pebble Bach in 2012. It's not the traditional sleek and lanky McLaren build. Rather, it has a beefier aesthetic that makes it look more like a modernized Batmobile.
It's a beautiful car structurally with the new at the time carbon mono cell material used to create the unique body of the car. The bespoke model was designed and built by the McLaren Special Operations team.
Although a $5 million price tag is steep, this is far from being the most expensive McLaren car. It's unique and collectible, but the one-off category doesn't quite take a vehicle of this status to the top of the list when it comes to collectability.
3. 1998 McLaren F1 LM Chassis #073 - Price: $13.75 million
In August of 2015, this McLaren F1 LM was offered for sale at an Rm Sotheby's auction in Monterey California. The unique vehicle was one of two specially built models for 1998 that cam quipped with McLaren's extra high downforce kit.
The vehicle was also equipped with a V12 engine bearing the LM specifications. This radically fast supercar is one of the rarest examples of McLaren's innovation that placed it firmly in the category of being ultra-rare. Chassis no
. SA9AB5AC4W1048073 was shortened to the number 073 for the auction. This is a honey of a collectible that fetched an astounding $13.75 million at auction before the addition of fees and tax.
This just goes to show you how a few years of tender loving care can result in an automobile that exponentially gains value over its original price of just under a million at the time of its initial release. The rarity of this special build, being one of just two bearing these exact specifications, and a unique chassis number makes it one of the most expensive and highly valued McLarens in the world today.
2. 1995 McLaren F1 - Price: $15,620,000
A 1995 McLaren F1 sold at a Bonham's auction at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California in 2017 for this exorbitant amount of money. The vehicle is a highly collectible piece with its introduction to the world in 1992.
This example is from the third year in production with an original price tag of not quite $1 million. At the time of its production, the top speed was rated at 241 mph with acceleration from zero to 60 mph at just 3 seconds flat.
This particular car is a rarity because it is one of just 7 of the model produced for sale in the United States and it was the vehicle of just one owner who took it from a private collection to offer for sale at the auction.
Per the stamped numbering system on the chassis, this car was the most remarkable of the seven because it was the first fully federalized example of the model imported into the country.
These are all factors that increase the value of a vehicle. While it's an expensive collector's piece, there is currently one with a yet higher valuation.
1. 1998 McLaren F1 LM - Price: $19.8 million
This is the other of just 2 F1 LM vehicles that exist on the earth today. Its sibling sold for $13.75 million at auction. Knowing that this was the only one of its breed left on the market increased its value as a rare collectible to just under $20 million.
The owner of the car had sent it back to the Special Operations division of McLaren for a little tweaking before the sale. It received a factory refit with a new engine and the addition of a rear wing.
They also replaced the suspension with a new adjustable unit and then gave it a new paint job along with new trim. The result was a powerful 6.1-liter driven monster supercar that cranks 671 horsepower and 520 lb-ft of torque with a flawless interior and exterior that took the center stage at auction.
This is the most expensive McLaren car ever made until another model arises with a higher collectible value. We assume that this cat is going to remain a part of some lucky collector's stable for many years to come, but you never know.
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