With only 106 made, it's a big deal when any McLaren F1 comes up for public sale. This isn't any McLaren F1—it's #27R, an F1 GTR Longtail race car that's just one of 10 made. Better yet, it's been made street-legal by Lanzante, the UK firm that took McLaren to victory at Le Mans in 1995. Suffice to say, this is a big, big deal.
The car is listed with no asking price given. We've reached out to Hartley to find out more info, but given just how special this car is, we'd guess that the price could be in the $20 million range. We wouldn't even be surprised if it beats the previous record for a McLaren F1 sale, $15.6 million for chassis #044, a rare US-legal example.
The F1 GTR "Longtail," named after its, uh, long tail, was created for the 1997 FIA GT Championship in response to new competition from Porsche, Mercedes, and others. Its heavily modified bodywork was designed to promote downforce than the previous F1 GTR, which was closer to the standard road car.
F1 GTR #27R is particularly notable because it was , taking victory at Silverstone in April 1997, wearing its Parabolica Motorsport livery.
It also raced at Le Mans in 1997 in the Team Lark livery it wears today, though sadly the car didn't finish.
To round out its competition history, #27R was raced in the 1999 British GT championship, where it took home two podiums. What's more, while it was still primarily driven by Chris Goodwin, McLaren's former Chief Test Driver, its second driver was none other than the car's new owner, James Munroe. Here he is, celebrating his orange Long Tail McLaren in true broker style with British supermodel Caprice:
After Mr. Munroe lost his pair of McLaren F1s and went to jail for fraud once, and then twice, , only to go to jail for the third time, for more fraud. But a year before his last sentence, 27R resurfaced at the 2015 Goodwood Members' Meeting, wearing its original Parabolica livery, as well as a pair of plates that were described as dummy ones by a fellow F1 GTR owner standing next to it. Since neither Lanzante or McLaren seems happy to talk about these road-legal GTR, we couldn't find out for sure, but the fact remains that more GTRs wore plates that weekend than the number of conversions Lanzante has completed up to that date. Sadly, 27R also stayed in the pits during the F1 GTR's parade laps.
Not long after, the GTR went on sale on Tom Hartley Junior's website, restored to perfection, still wearing the yellow-blue.
We can only assume that after the word got around, somebody raised a hand, with the condition that 27R first goes back to Lanzante, for some general maintenance, as well as a fresh Lark paint job.
The listing on Hartley's website says that the car is currently registered in the UK, and all of its EU taxes are paid. As you'd expect, the car comes with tons of spares, and records documenting its history.
The opportunity to buy a McLaren F1 like this almost never comes around, so if you want it, act quickly, and good luck!