Sold for $15.6 million (estimate was on request)
Described as the “ultimate road car,” the McLaren F1 is an automotive marvel, and the one presented by Bonhams was among the most desirable examples ever offered for public bid. It was the first McLaren F1 imported to the United States, and it went directly from its original owner to the auction house. It was the 37th example of the 64 F1s that McLaren built, and it arrived at Bonhams with only 9,600 miles on its odometer.
According to Jakob Greisen, vice president and head of the U.S. motoring department at Bonhams, the high winning bid can be attributed to the fact that the car was so original, that it had never been in an accident, and that it was serviced exclusively by McLaren. Griesen also says that, as far as he is aware, this is the first time a single-owner McLaren F1 has gone to auction. Due to the aforementioned factors, it’s no surprise that this McLaren F1 set a record for the most valuable post-1970 car sold at auction.