Small Collection of McLaren F1 Paraphernalia Heads to Auction03/12/2021
Just when we thought we’d never find spare accessories for our pair of McLaren F1s, RM Sotheby’s has a small bundle of neat-o accoutrements for the genre-defining hypercar up for grabs at its online-only Open Roads sale. We’ll have to make shelf space in our Swiss chalet garage. Maybe we’ll put our extra set of Fabergé eggs in the basement and shift our crate of Pateks to the attic?
Hey, we can dream. On a more realistic note, RM Sotheby’s attached reasonable estimates to this small collection of F1 paraphernalia, and if these numbers hold true, interested bidders won’t have to hail from the same tax bracket as current F1 owners to nab a physical piece of hypercar history. There are surely no bargains to be found here, but even some of the cooler stuff falls under the five-figure mark.
Our first pick is this legit McLaren F1 gearshift assembly that includes a plumb-bob-esque shift knob and supporting linkage shaft—presumably made from either aluminum, magnesium, or titanium. The lot description notes this was not yoinked from an existing F1, but instead developed as a spare component during the development of the F1 GTR. So, you won’t have to bid against some feverish F1 owner willing to spend millions to put that purloined shifter back in their car. Or maybe you will. Who knows? If this person doesn’t show, then plan on matching the high pre-sale estimate of just under $6,000.
That shifter will look great on your desk, too. Or, sticking up from the center console of your ratty 1980s Ford Mustang project, provided you can figure out how to mate fine English craftsmanship with Detroit’s finest ’80s-era pig iron. You’ll need some tools for the job, too, so how about keeping it in the family with RM Sotheby’s McLaren F1 toolkit? Yes, this is your rare crack at owning a set of the F1’s famous gold-colored titanium tool roll that came with each car.
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