The 1995 McLaren F1 road car, pictured in the gallery above, set a record auction price of $20.465 million during the Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction on Friday night, August 13th, 2021. Described as a time capsule, this 1995 F1 surpassed the previous record for a McLaren F1 road car ($15.62 million set in 2017). Likewise, this 1995 F1 exceeded another, more recent McLaren example. That example, converted at the McLaren Special Operations Woking factory to an ultra-rare LM specification, sold for $19.8 million in 2019.
One of a Kind
This 1995 example – also known as Chassis 029 – was part of a private Japanese collection rarely seen in public. At the time, it was delivered new to Japan, federalized by JK Technologies, and U.S. titled. Maintained meticulously and driven only sporadically with just 243 miles, this 1995 F1 crossed the Gooding & Company auction block in Monterey in original factory condition. This included unique treatments such as the date-coded Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, original FACOM tool chest, fitted luggage, titanium tool kit, an official Driving Ambition book, and special TAG Heuer watch.
Just 106 McLaren F1 road cars were manufactured between 1992 and 1998, and only 64 were actually completed to original, street-legal specifications. The 1995 example pictured here is number 25 of 106, but the only one finished in this particular exterior color. The color is named after Creighton Brown, one of the executives who played a pivotal role in establishing the fledgling McLaren Cars company. Light tan and Brazilian brown leather upholstery decorate the inside of the three-seater cockpit.
“We were incredibly proud to present this exceptional McLaren F1, and tonight, the market confirmed the sheer prowess of this unparalleled supercar from one of the most legendary names in motoring,” said David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company. “This sale was a historic moment not only for Gooding & Company, but for the McLaren legacy and the entire industry as a whole.”