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Unwrapped: the lowest-milage McLaren F1 on Earth

Ultra-exclusive 1997 hypercar up for sale with just 149 miles on the clock

The McLaren F1 is quickly becoming one of the most valuable classic cars in existence, with some low-mileage examples fetching eight-figure sums at auction. 

Only 71 road-going versions of the British hypercar were built, making it extremely rare - but those on the hunt for a piece of performance car history are in luck.

Supercar dealer Tom Hartley Jnr is selling a McLaren F1 that still has some of its factory wrapping on. But what makes this example really special is that it has just 149 (delivery) miles on the clock, the dealer says, making it “the lowest mileage F1 in existence”. 

The car has only had one owner since rolling off the production line in 1997, and its ultra-low mileage suggests the buyer never took it out for a spin after it was delivered. 

Much of the interior is covered in the original foam wrapping applied at the factory to protect the three seats and dashboard. There’s also a leather-cased owner’s manual and the original gold-plated titanium tools set, as well as an additional steering wheel inspired by the one found in the track-only F1 GTR. 

And as well as getting a near-factory fresh McLaren, the buyer of the pristine hypercar will get a bespoke TAG Heuer with the vehicle’s chassis number engraved on the face. 

The vehicle is powered by a BMW-developed 6.1-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine that delivers 618bhp and 480lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to launch it to a top speed of 240mph, which made it the fastest production car in the world until the Bugatti Veyron arrived in 2005.  

Potential buyers need to register their interest in the yellow hypercar to find out how much it costs, as Tom Hartley Jnr lists it as “price on application” (POA).

However, Auto Express says it could “sell well into seven figures, possibly fetching as much as £10m.”

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