Used car special: Low-mileage McLaren F1 for a few million
While low mileage is great in most cases, putting fewer than 200 on the world's most glorious supercar -- over 17 years -- should be a crime.
I'm hardly jealous of money and success. Rather, I'm hurt someone would keep the world's fastest production car sitting in a garage for 17 years and claim to have never driven it, not even to the grocery store. Hell, crash it to smithereens and rebuild it -- Rowan Atkinson did, and he's reportedly not losing much, if any, value to his F1.
That's because the F1 is the King Kong of supercars. For more than a decade, no other production car could match its outright speed and ghastly acceleration. Its official 240-mph Guinness-verified top speed wasn't broken until seven years after production had ended, and the car that did it (the Swedish Koenigsegg CCR) did so by but a few tenths.
The engine-compartment lid was lined with 24-karat gold to reflect heat off the titanium hardware and the 627-horsepower V12, still the most powerful naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder engine for its 6.1 liters.
The body was a world-first experiment of a carbon fiber monocoque, a one-piece, incredibly strong and lightweight design that before had been seen only on Formula One race cars. The driver sat in the middle, flanked by two passengers sunk deep into the firewall, inches away from the V12's killer intake (I should know, as I got a ride a few years ago. It changed my entire life.)
Around 100 road and race models were built in Woking, England, between 1993 and 1998, so mileage is hardly a factor. During the even rarer moments when an F1 is sold, they sell for more than $4 million. Undoubtedly, this yellow F1, reportedly having fewer than 200 service and factory test miles on it, will go for that much, if not more.
What's not apparent is this car's wear and tear from sitting around, although reports claim that the engine has been started. At least a few times.
Atkinson has said he wants to clock 100,000 miles in his F1. That's exactly the kind of enthusiast who should buy this one.
[Source: Yahoo Autos]
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