Ultra-Rare McLaren F1 Up for Grabs for a Second Time

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1998 McLaren F1 LM

1998 McLaren F1 LM debuts RM Sotheby’s new Private Sales division with a bang.

The McLaren F1 is already a highly desired machine, its place in the pantheon of exotics permanently without a doubt. The McLaren F1 LM takes things further on the desirability scale, especially when only six LMs — each powered by a 680-horsepower BMW V12 and enhanced with tons of goodies from the Le Mans-dominating F1 GTR — were ever built.

And then, there’s this LM. RM Sotheby’s has a new Private Sales division for owners looking to sell their finest wares without going through the auction block. What better way to debut the new sales channel than with this 1998 F1 LM, which started life as a normal F1.

1998 McLaren F1 LM

Chassis No. 73 is “the 63rd and penultimate road-specification F1 built,” and only one of two to be sent to McLaren Special Operations in Woking, England for an upgrade unlike any other. Aside from the high-compression 680-horse V12, larger radiators, and sports exhaust found in the GTR and original LMs, No. 73 also received an aggressive aero kit, gas discharge headlights, custom 18-inch wheels, and “a brilliant orange metallic” paint “seldomly seen on F1s… that perfectly suits its stunning design.”

1998 McLaren F1 LM

The interior of No. 73 was upgraded to GT-spec, as well, with fresh leather and Alcantara all over. A refreshed AC system, satnav, larger steering wheel, and a helicopter-grade car-to-car radio/intercom system were also installed during the transformation process. The cherry on top of this exotic sundae came from F1 designer Gordon Murray himself: his autograph on the transmission tunnel, just ahead of the ignition switch.

1998 McLaren F1 LM

This will be the second time No. 73 has been put up for sale. According to Road & Track, the ultra-rare F1 LM was on RM Sotheby’s auction block back in 2015 during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Then, it was sold to its current owner for $13.8 million. Now? You’ll have to contact RM Sotheby’s to find out. Of course, if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford something as magnificent as this McLaren F1 LM.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

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