Prepare your desks: McLaren F1 Parhernalia goes up for auction
Just when we thought we’d never find replacement accessories for our pair of McLaren F1s, RM Sotheby’s has a little bundle of neat trim for the genre-defining hypercar Online sales for open roads only. We have to create shelf space in our Swiss chalet garage. Maybe we’ll put our extra set of Fabergé eggs in the basement and put our box of pateks in the attic?
Hey we can dream. More realistically, RM Sotheby’s has included reasonable estimates on this small collection of F1 paraphernalia, and if those numbers are true, interested bidders don’t have to be in the same tax bracket as current F1 owners to snap up a physical piece of hypercar history. There are certainly no bargains here, but even some of the cooler stuff falls under the five-figure mark.
Our first choice is this legitimate McLaren F1 shift assembly This includes a solder gear knob and a supporting connecting shaft – probably made of aluminum, magnesium or titanium. In the lot description it is pointed out that this does not come from an existing F1, but was developed as a replacement component during the development of the F1 GTR. So you don’t have to bid against a feverish F1 owner willing to spend millions to put the stolen gear stick back into their car. Or maybe you will. Who knows? If that person doesn’t show up, plan on sticking to the high pre-sale estimate of just under $ 6,000.
This gear stick will look great on your desk too. Or stand by the center console of your 1980s Ford Mustang project, assuming you can figure out how to combine fine English craftsmanship with Detroit’s finest 1980s pig iron. You will also need some tools for the job. So how about keeping them in the family with the RM Sotheby’s McLaren F1 Toolkit? Yes, this is your rare bang if you own a set of the F1’s famous gold toned titanium tool roll that came with every car.
The F1’s tool roll, sourced from French toolmaker Facom, stayed in line with the F1’s absurd focus on weight reduction. With the exception of the steel pliers, each piece is carved from titanium and coated with titanium nitride, giving it that golden hue. This particular kit came from an F1 that caught fire and had burn marks on the leather roll and screwdriver bits. Anything for a high Presale estimate of approximately $ 14,000.
If we can’t snap the gear lever, we’ll be content with that Carbon fiber F1 wing endplate that is also available. There’s nothing special here – just a carbon fiber square labeled “F1 McLaren” that is supposed to sit on either end of the rear spoiler on cars with aero package. This plate was kept separate from chassis number 072 after its accident in 2014 and after the car was rebuilt as a souvenir. This is one of the cheaper F1 bits. RM Sotheby’s estimates a high final bid of around $ 1,400. As a bonus, the winner will also receive an F1 sales brochure.
After all, RM Sotheby’s has the ultra-desirable F1 instruction manual and the accompanying service record and warranty manual. The F1 operating instructions have their own legend. The beautifully bound book contains numerous hand-drawn illustrations and diagrams by long-time McLaren employee Mark Roberts that set it apart from other supercar brochures of the same time by light years. This is one of the most sought-after parts of F1 history, so the pre-sale estimate predicts a high bid of around $ 11,000 for both books.