This unsullied 1997 McLaren F1 supercar just went up for sale

McLaren’s F1 supercar is an automotive icon, having held the record for the fastest road car until the Bugatti Veyron came along, and it still retains its abilities to turn petrol heads into quivering wrecks of excitement. 

As such, an F1 with plenty of miles on the clock will still set people with massive wads of cash back millions of pounds; an F1 with 9,000 miles on its odometer recently sold for $15.5m, according to AutoWeek.

So it’s difficult to imagine how much a brand-new 1997 McLaren F1, still in its factory-packaging with a mere 148 miles of production testing on the clock, will set its buyer back.

Now you might be scratching you head wondering why a 240 mph car known to be one of the best driving experiences around has been sitting untouched for the past 20 years. The reason, sadly car fans, is that it’s in its original state and thus its value is higher, with the people who can afford such a car looking at it as an investment or as a work of automotive art to put in their collection.

This might seem a shame, but at least it keeps the car safe and sound; there are the occasional reports of people crashing ultra-rare supercars like the Ferrari F40, essentially wiping out a piece of automotive history in the process.

The seller, classic supercar dealer Tom Hartley Jnr, has not listed the price of this mint-condition F1, though we expect it will fetch millions upon millions of pounds. Even so there may be one determined buyer that will take the covers off the car and give its 6.1 litre V12 a chance to roar once more on the open road, and allow less well-heeled car fans a glimpse of one of the finest supercars ever made.

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