1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail (021R) - Image via Gooding & CompanyEnlarge Photo
Another of the uber-rare McLaren F1 supercars is going up for auction, this GTR ‘Longtail’ racing variant that’s set to be sold to the highest bidder at a vehicle auction taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona in mid-January. With less than a hundred F1s ever built, the cars, including racing versions, typically sell for millions at auction and we expect this prime example to be no different.
It is a 1997 McLaren F1 GTR with chassis number 021R. Auction house Gooding & Company which is responsible for the sale is estimating a final price somewhere between $5 million and $7 million. You may recall that another F1 GTR, the car with chassis number 028R, went up for auction during 2012’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
This latest car is being offered from a significant private collection in its original factory-delivered form with iconic FINA livery. The car has been fully restored by McLaren and maintains its 600-horsepower 6.0-liter V-12 engine.
Competition McLarens rarely appear for public sale and 021R is no exception. This car was the first GTR Longtail race winner with accolades including wins at Hockenheim and Helsinki, as well as several other podium finishes. This car was campaigned by the Works BMW Motorsport Team and at one point was driven by former F1 driver J.J. Lehto.
The Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale will run from January 17 to 18 and include several other notable race cars. Among the stars will be a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, a 1973 Alpine A110 1800 and a 1980 BMW M1.