An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen for motorsport lovers to purchase the Top Gear sponsored McLaren F1 car that was used in the 1997 FIA GT Endurance championship.
It will not be cheap though and the car is for sale in private this time around, with McLaren brokering the deal. It is currently being looked after by McLaren’s Special Operations division and the last time it was sold publically 2012 it fetched £8.3 million at Bonham’s Quail auction. Since then it has undergone a £120,000 restoration before being sold again and McLaren has said it remains in pristine condition with minimal miles on the clock. The Top Gear Magazine logo can still be found on the frame of the door.
During the 1997 championship the car was used by GTC Motorsport Gulf Team Davidoff. It performed badly though, with the drivers, Andrew Gilbert-Scott, Geoff Lees and Anders Olofsson only managing to finish in the points twice and it was sold into retirement at the end of the season.
When produced, this car was number 28R, the tenth and last F1 GTR Longtail ever built. The original anodized gold and purple sequential gearlever is still in the cockpit and McLaren has said it would not take much for it to be converted into a road legal model. It is believed that there are only two other F1 Longtails of its kind on the road at the moment.
For more information about McLaren cars and the current range of models available, contact McLaren London or McLaren Ascot today.