If you want a higher top speed than McLaren’s MP4-12C can provide, there’s good news: a California-plated McLaren F1 will be auctioned in Pebble Beach, California next month during the weekend of the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance.
Along with a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza, the McLaren F1 is expected to be among the highest-profile items at the August 14-15 auction, run by Gooding & Company.
The price of the ’95 McLaren F1 — chassis number 062 — is expected to reach $2.5-3.5 million. The supercar’s single owner was Larry Ellison, the co-founder and CEO of Oracle and a contributor to the BMW Oracle Racing team. Painted in Magnesium Silver, the car has a black interior plus a special luggage set and tools. The F1′s performance is still impressive 15 years after its creation, with the ability to hit a top speed of well over 200 mph and plenty of technology directly inspired by Formula 1 racing cars.
For those who prefer pre-WWII cars, the 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza with coachwork by Brianza might be a better bet. The car was driven in the 1930s and 1940s at major racing events like San Remo and the Circuito di Modena. In 1947, Renato Balestrero won the Sport Nazionale and Sport Internazionale Championships with this car. More recently, the Alfa Romeo completed the Mille Miglia tribute race in 1997 and 2001 and was entered in the Historic Automobile Races at Laguna Seca in 1997, 1998, and 2008. It also completed such prestigious U.S.-based 1000-mile-long road rallies as the Copperstate 1000, Colorado Grand, and New England 1000. If you really think you’ve got the money, an estimate of the car’s value is available upon request.
See more upcoming vehicles to be auctioned at the preview site right here.
All photos by Pawel Litwinski courtesy of Gooding and Co.