McLaren builds about 100 cars per year but the introduction of new models could boost this to 4,000 annuallyEnlarge Photo
That might seem an extraordinary price, and it is - about $1.75 million more than its appraised value. As an ex-showroom car with just 270mi (434km) on the odometer, the McLaren F1 was still dubbed a fair investment given the tough economy, since it was essentially the very last new example of the car - despite its 1997 vintage, reports AutoTelegraaf.
Auctioned off by RM Auctions, the F1 was joined by over 100 other classic and collector cars for sale, but few managed to bring their expected price, and 30% of the cars didn't even find a buyer, including a short wheel base 250GT California Spyder used by Cameron Diaz in a Charlie's Angels film.
McLaren's legacy isn't entirely in the past, however. It is reported to be working on a range of cars, including a next-generation F1-successor, a mid-range GT and a relatively affordable sports car. For more information about these upcoming vehicles, read our previous coverage.