First Street-Legal McLaren F1 in the US Crossing the Auction Block

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The first of only seven McLaren F1s to be registered in the U.S. is heading to auction.

Set to be sold at the upcoming Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction on August 18 during the 2017 Monterey Car Week, this particular McLaren F1 will likely fetch over $10 million. Although it’s number 044 of a total 64 road-legal F1s ever built, it was the 37th car off the assembly line according to the Bonhams listing. The exterior features its original silver paint while the inside boasts a black/gray Connolly leather interior. It has been well-maintained and other than normal wear items and a fuel cell that has been replaced twice, the F1 is entirely original with 9,600 miles on the odometer.

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Powering the street-legal McLaren F1 is a 6.1-liter V12 engine sourced from BMW, generating 627 horsepower while paired to a six-speed manual transmission. With a zero-to-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds, this McLaren F1 can keep up with today’s supercars, despite being over 20-years old.

The winning bidder will also receive the car’s original tool kit, the modem used to connect to the factory, full luggage set, special Limited Edition of Doug Nye’s opus, Driving Ambition: The Complete Story of the McLaren F1, the F1 Auto Glym detailing kit, complete tool roll, mechanics gloves, detailing cloth, car cover, watch, owners books and manuals, an assortment of factory documents and materials, and major, original components that were removed from the car during services like the fuel cell and tires.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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