Have McLaren F1 values topped out?

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Ten years ago, you could pick up a McLaren F1 for under $1 million. Now they're each worth over $10 million. Has the market leveled, is it still climbing, or is the bubble about to burst?

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Have McLaren F1 values topped out? originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 25 Mar 2016 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Top tier supercars go for top dollar at RM Sotheby’s Pinnacle Portfolio auction

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The 25 vehicles in RM Sotheby's Pinnacle Portfolio collection were all special, but at the end of the night four Ferraris were among the auctions top five sellers. The only one to break the Prancing Horse's lead was a very rare examples of the McLaren F1.

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This is what 16 McLaren F1 GTRs sound like on track at the same time

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With only 28 examples made, seeing a McLaren F1 GTR doing what it was made to do is a rare sight indeed. And for the 73rd Members' Meeting, Goodwood brought out 16 of them and put them all on the track together.

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This is what 16 McLaren F1 GTRs sound like on track at the same time

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With only 28 examples made, seeing a McLaren F1 GTR doing what it was made to do is a rare sight indeed. And for the 73rd Members' Meeting, Goodwood brought out 16 of them and put them all on the track together.

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1997 McLaren F1 GT Longtail extends itself to Geneva

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McLaren only made three road-going examples of the long-tailed F1 GT, and brought one out of its archives to adorn its stand at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

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1997 McLaren F1 GT Longtail extends itself to Geneva

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McLaren only made three road-going examples of the long-tailed F1 GT, and brought one out of its archives to adorn its stand at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

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Will this McLaren F1 sell for over $12 million at Pebble Beach?

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1995 McLaren F1 #0065

Decades ago, a dominant Formula One team made a few dozen examples of a sports car that was as devastating on the track as it was on the road, and as such, it has become highly sought-after by collectors willing to pay millions - even tens of millions - for the privilege of ownership. We have to be talking about the Ferrari 250 GTO, right? We very well could be, but in this case, no: we're talking about the McLaren F1 - a legendary supercar whose values seem to be skyrocketing in the footsteps of its arch-rival's most iconic classic. And if this latest pre-auction estimate is anything to go by, it will only continue to climb as quickly as it accelerates.

The past couple of McLaren F1s on whose sales we've reported traded hands for over $5 million apiece and we thought that was pretty spectacular, but this latest example consigned to Gooding & Company for its upcoming sale at Pebble Beach has an expected selling price of between $12 million and $14 million.

Chassis No. 031, a 1995 model, is a bit of a rarity in that it's one of only a handful of McLaren F1s painted in white, and the only one in this particular shade of Marlboro White, adopting the color of the grand prix team's title sponsor at the time. It's had only three owners who've put barely over 1,000 miles on the odometer, starting in Japan, where it resided with collector Shin Okamoto for 15 years before he sold it to a collector in Chicago, who in turn sold it to its current owner who's putting it up for auction. The 27th example built, it's said to be in "highly original" condition, was extensively serviced at the McLaren factory as recently as 2008, and comes with all its original manuals, tools and fitted luggage.

Is all of that enough to make this 1995 McLaren F1 worth more than twice what they've been going for? If someone pays it, we suppose it will. But the McLaren isn't even the most expensive lot consigned for the auction. Little surprise, it'll have to compete with a number of much older Ferrari models for that honor: a 250 GT SWB California Spider is estimated to fetch $13-15 million, the estimate for a similar coupe has not even been released, and a rare three-seater 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale could go for over $20 million.

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Crashed McLaren F1 is the saddest way to see its beautiful underbody

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McLaren F1

Friends, this is why we can't have nice things. A McLaren F1 was flipped down an embankment in Italy yesterday, and this video of the crash's aftermath is about as sad as when Old Yeller was shot.

According to Italy's La Nazione, this one-off, red-on-white F1 was crashed during a four-F1 tour between the towns of Saline di Volterra and Pomarance in the province of Pisa. It's unclear what caused the driver to lose control and invert our British hero on a grassy hill, although as this is a McLaren F1, we wouldn't be remotely surprised if speed ended up being a factor.

YouTuber Marchettino, an Autoblog reader and well-known source of videos from Ferrari's Fiorano test track, was on the scene to capture the video available below. The footage shows the McLaren accelerating away, only to cut away to the aftermath of the wreck. Emergency personnel were tasked with righting the stricken hypercar, a process that was accompanied by the cringe-worthy cracking of its Peter Stevens-designed bodywork. At least they had the decency to cover the crumpled Brit with its fitted black cover as they loaded it onto a flatbed, a fitting yet somehow disturbing visual.

According to reports, the driver and passenger were airlifted from the scene with non-lethal injuries, and both are recovering in a hospital. Given the rising worth and rarity of F1s, despite the extensive damage in evidence, we reckon that this won't be the last the world sees of this special car. Take a look below to view the video.

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Jay Leno extracts the V12 engine from his McLaren F1

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That is Jay Leno standing next to the BMW V12 extracted from his McLaren F1. Calling it "The scariest thing we have ever done here on Jay Leno's Garage," his mechanics pulled the motor to replace the Vanos unit, which was leaking.

His fright is our gain, though, as Leno gives us a tour of the 627-horsepower, naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder that powered the very car that taught us new ways to dream about supercars. The motorhead's VIP tour happens in the video below.

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McLaren F1 LM proves the P1 has the best genes

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McLaren F1 LM

The McLaren F1 is 20-year-old exotic that was the most expensive production car in the world when it went on sale for 540,000 pounds. That's about $810,000 US at current rates; in 1995, however, while the pound-to-dollar exchange rate was about the same as today, the automotive world hadn't got used to there being a new million-dollar car announced or launched every quarter.

McLaren brought the production prototype of the F1 LM to the Geneva Motor Show to offer another look at what was. This was tester for the production version of the Le Mans-winning F1 GTR, of which five would be built. It carried over the race car's aero accoutrements like the wing and extra venting but shed the restrictor, making 680 horsepower from the 6.1-liter BMW V12 - the standard F1 made 627 hp.

Twenty years is a long time to be put on a pedestal, but the innovation and the results prove it still belongs there. We'll find out this year if the P1 has the right to join it.

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