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Celebrating a Legacy: McLaren F1

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The McLaren F1 is like the Jennifer Aniston of cars in that she’s looking better and better with age. But that’s about as far as the comparison goes. The F1 has been with us for 24 years one doesn’t have to argue too hard to say that esthetically it holds its own against today’s hypercars. The F1’s beauty is defined beyond what’s on the outside. Look deeper and you’ll see one of the only production cars with a center seating position, a cabin filled with titanium and carbon fibre goodies, and a gold lined engine bay that encases a BMW 6.1L V12.

To celebrate the legacy that is the McLaren F1, and its creator Gordon Murray, a display of some ultra rare F1s will be presented at the London Classic Car Show between February 18-21. The exhibit will include a pair of standard road cars, two GTR race cars, and the unicorn of them all a long tail F1 GT road car. Unique artifacts will also be showcased such as JJ Lehto’s race suit that he wore during the 1995 Le Mans 24hr which he won piloting an F1. Rare technical drawings will also be on display to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Le Mans win.

Event director Bas Bungish said “All those involved in what’s clearly going to be a very special homage to the F1 believe it will be by far the best, and most complete, insight ever put together for the public.”


McLaren F1 GT Experimental Prototype #056 in New York

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One of three. Seeing a McLaren F1 in person is rare enough, but to see the most rare of all, the McLaren F1 XPGT (Experimental Prototype GT) definitely tops some sort of list. McLaren had brought this F1 out at the Geneva Auto Show to showcase the new McLaren 675LT “Longtail”, as this was the prototype Longtail that McLaren needed to build for homologating the F1 GTR race car. McLaren didn’t even need to build any more F1 GT’s, but they built 2 more to satisfy their wealthy clientele, hence, one of three.

The XPGT, owned by McLaren, rarely leaves the factory. It rarely leaves Europe, so seeing it displayed at the New York Auto Show in Manhattan was just something else. It was only out in the open for a single non public day, so unfortunately, the chance to see her is gone.

You can read more on the history and story of the XPGT #056 over at the McLaren website. We were able to get some close up shots of her, check it out after the jump.

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