Without a doubt, the McLaren F1 is one of the most recognizable supercars in the world. Furthermore, many folks consider the McLaren F1 to be the first hypercar. With a top speed of 240 miles per hour and a price tag of $1 million in the 1990s, that seems pretty fair. Despite coming up on 30 years of age, the McLaren F1 is still a timeless piece of automotive history. However, seeing one is not all that common. So, seeing more than one in one place is a rare treat.
Included is a one-of-three McLaren F1 GT and an F1 that belonged to George Harrison.
Autoevolution brings us this story courtesy of a car-spotting Youtube channel called TheTFJJ. The video shows a handful of McLaren F1s being unloaded from trucks for a Paris classic car show called Retromobile.
The first car off the truck is a heavy hitter- a Mclaren F1 GT. McLaren only made three of these beasts, and one was a prototype. So, only two customers ever got the chance to purchase one. It was a homologation special for the F1 GTR Longtail racecar. That makes a lot of sense when you notice the distinctive shape of the rear-end compared to a standard F1. Seeing one of these rare gems move at all is a rare treat. So, we’ll take it, even if it’s just off a trailer and into a car show.
The F1 GT is tough to beat. However, the next McLaren F1 to roll off the trailer is very special in its own right. The F1 “Hindu edition” is a custom-order car McLaren built for Beatles guitarist George Harrison. It features hand-written song lyrics and Hindu sayings and words on the chassis. What’s even more impressive is that those hand-written notes are all from Gordan Murray, the F1’s designer, himself.
Two race-spec F1s are in the mix, too. A white McLaren F1 GTR that raced Le Mans in 1996 is one. Though it didn’t make the podium, Team Bigazzi finished the race in this beautiful car and came in 11th place overall.
The second race-spec F1 is the Gulf livery Mclaren F1 GTR Longtail, the racecar that made the F1 GT come to life. Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren raced this F1 GTR Longtail at The 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997. Over 20 years later, in 2018, the McLaren Special Operations fully restored the vehicle.
How many Mclaren F1s were made?
Seeing all of these cars in one spot is exceptionally rare. McLaren only built 106 of these cars, according to its website. Furthermore, the iconic supercar company only built 64 road-going examples. So, seeing so many at once is an excessively rare occasion. Though current McLaren road cars are not explicitly commonplace, a McLaren F1 is far more rare.
It wasn’t just these “extra-special” F1 variants in attendance, either. As much as it seems odd to downplay a “standard” McLaren F1, these unique gems stand out in the crowd. However, another F1 that rolls off the truck is a prototype F1 known as XP3. It’s one of three prototypes for the F1 that hadn’t been crashed. So it, too, is a rare beast indeed.
Finally, the black and white F1s are both standard models that don’t have any extra remarkable stories or qualities. Again, that’s not an attempt to downplay what is widely regarded as one of the most iconic cars in the world. They are in no way underwhelming. They just seem that way in comparison to the rest of this legendary lineup.
Overall, this video is quite exciting to watch. Though it’s sad not to experience this crazy occasion in person, it’s fantastic to see it immortalized on video. Be sure to check out the video to see and hear these legends of both road and racing car performance!