Lewis Hamilton’s old McLaren sells for eye-watering price

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Words: Matthew Hansen
21 Jul 2021

One of Lewis Hamilton’s old Formula 1 cars has sold at auction for an eye-watering US$6.6million, or approximately $9.5million.

As previously reported, the Hamilton McLaren was a 2010 MP4-25A, which came powered by a Mercedes-Benz-sourced 2.4-litre V8. It’s sale price makes it one of the most expensive Formula 1 cars to ever sell at auction.

It had been speculated that the car would sell for big money, particularly given that it’s the first of Hamilton’s former racers to ever be offered at auction. It’s now officially the second most expensive Formula 1 car ever sold; pipped only by Michael Schumacher’s 2001 Ferrari F2001, which sold for US$7.5million ($10.8million) four years ago.

“It is not often that a car as special as this comes to market, from the start we knew it truly represented an unrepeatable opportunity,” said Shelby Myers or RM Sotheby’s.

“RM Sotheby’s is fortunate to have an ongoing partnership in place with Formula 1, and so we always hoped to provide a unique environment in which to present the McLaren and to conduct the auction while the car was at speed was a true first.

“Sir Lewis Hamilton’s achievements in the sport are so remarkable that they may never be bettered, and so cars with which he is associated are likely to be the most coveted in the decades to come. We are delighted that this fantastic car has found a new home and we hope it see on the track again in the near future.”

This particular 2010 iteration of McLaren was a vast improvement on its predecessor due to how designers had integrated the F-duct much more neatly in order to reduce drag.

While it didn’t win the title, it was still a Grand Prix-winning car. Hamilton steered it to victory at the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix — a race perhaps best remembered in Formula 1 folklore for being the site of Webber and Vettel’s famous civil-war shunt, and a crash that almost cost Red Bull the title.

RM Sotheby’s had initially estimated that the MP4-25A would sell for between US$5–7million, or $6.9–9.6million in New Zealand dollars.


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