First McLaren F1 GTR Longtail up for sale

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Words: Josh Revell
26 Mar 2020

The McLaren F1 remains one of the most desirable cars ever. But with only 108 minted, seldom comes an opportunity to purchase one. However, one of the 1997-spec Longtails has appeared for sale at Tom Hartley Jnr in the U.K.

This particular car was the first of only ten F1 GTR Longtail examples produced and was used as the factory development car, bearing chassis #19R. It was first raced at the 1997 Suzuka 1000km, run by the Japanese-based Team Lark McLaren outfit and boasted a driver line-up that included the likes of Keiichi Tsuchiya.

It is also the first Longtail to be converted for road use – the work carried out by Lanzante and Gordon Murray Design – and is one of only two F1 GTR Prototypes to be privately owned. The other is owned by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.

A huge spare parts package is offered, including all the bits required to return it to race specification. An integral part of the F1 programme, complete with extensive racing history, this is a rare opportunity to purchase a piece of automotive history. Expect it to go for squillions.

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