One-off supercar fetched close to $1 million

McLaren has created a custom-made special edition 570S Spider that went for £725,000 (almost $950,000) as part of the 25th anniversary of Elton John’s AIDS Foundation. Proceeds from the sale of the one-off McLaren will go to John’s charity, which has helped millions of people across 26 different countries.

McLaren Builds Bespoke 570S Spider for the Elton John AIDS Foundation
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The car sold for a whopping £725,000 ($950,000) at Elton John’s charity event.

In a roundabout way, one-off McLarens aren’t exactly uncommon these days because there are so many of them. But they are still one-offs because each one is different from the other. The 570S Spider that the British automaker created for Elton John definitely fits that bill.

Take, for example, its paint. According to McLaren, the 570S was hand-sprayed in a special, sparkling metallic Blade Silver shade that looks right at home on the 570S. The exclusive color is complemented by a set of 10-spoke lightweight alloy wheels finished in a slick contrasting Stealth finish. Just behind the delectable wheels sit carbon ceramic brake calipers finished in McLaren’s signature McLaren orange. The exterior has an understated yet dramatic look, exactly the kind of car you’d expect to see on an event hosted by the incomparable Elton John.

Step inside the one-off McLaren and the customization options continue with seats dressed in Jet Black Nappa leather and stitched with an equally exclusive Carbon Black thread. An optional sports exhaust system is also included in the one-off 570S, as is a 10-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system.

McLaren Builds Bespoke 570S Spider for the Elton John AIDS Foundation
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According to McLaren, the 570S was hand-sprayed in a special, sparkling metallic Blade Silver shade that looks right at home on the 570S.

There are no power upgrades to be had, but that didn’t dissuade people from bidding the supercar up to almost seven figures. Even without any performance enhancements, the 570S Spider still carries a 3.8-liter, biturbo, V-8 that pushes out an impressive 570 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough for the car to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds before setting off for a top speed run of 196 mph.

Like I said, the car sold for a whopping £725,000 ($950,000) at Elton John’s charity event. It’s a steep price to pay even for a one-off McLaren 570S, but at least all the proceeds will go to a worthy cause. The winning buyer isn’t going home with just the car, either. He’ll also get a personal tour of the McLaren technology center, where he will be accompanied by Amanda McLaren, the only child of founder Bruce McLaren and a brand ambassador for McLaren Automotive. The tour is described as a “money-can’t-buy-experience,” in large part because McLaren’s going to pull the curtains on the process of creating its vehicles from scratch. The fact that the center itself is never open to the public speaks to how incredible this tour is going to be.

Further Reading

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Press release

McLaren Automotive, the creator of luxury, high-performance sports cars and supercars, has for the first time ever donated a bespoke McLaren 570S Spider to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which was auctioned at the Argento Ball in association with BVLGARI & Bob and Tamar Manoukian on Wednesday, June 27 2018. Every pound of the £725,000 it raised will be going to the Foundation to help with its goal of creating an AIDS-free future for everybody. The ball took place at Elton John’s home, Woodside in Berkshire UK, with Graham Norton as master of ceremonies and Ed Sheeran giving a special performance.

To mark the unique occasion and to celebrate the Argento Ball’s silver anniversary, the special 570S Spider was hand-sprayed in special metallic ‘Blade Silver’. The 10 - spoke lightweight alloy wheels are in contrasting Stealth finish while the carbon ceramic brake callipers are picked out in signature McLaren Orange. Inside, this bespoke 570S Spider features a ‘By McLaren’ Sport interior with Jet Black Nappa leather seats stitched with Carbon Black thread. The engine’s distinctive voice is further enhanced by the optional Sports Exhaust but in the unlikely event of the winning bidder tiring of the engine note, the 10 speaker Bowers & Wilkins stereo system will keep them entertained.

In addition to this bespoke 570S Spider, the winner of the lot will receive a personal tour of the McLaren Technology Centre by Amanda McLaren, the only child of founder Bruce McLaren and a brand ambassador for McLaren Automotive. Here, the winner will have an opportunity to witness the creation of a McLaren from behind the scenes – a money-can’t-buy-experience, as the Technology Centre is not open to the public. After the tour, Amanda will sign the car and wave the winner off around McLaren’s lake in their very own, bespoke McLaren 570S Spider.

Over the last 25 years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has reached millions of people across 26 countries with the HIV information, support and care to save lives and prevent new cases. In addition, the Foundation has prevented almost a million babies being born with the HIV virus and helped to leverage more than £300 million in additional funding from governments and funding partners. McLaren is to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation on its silver anniversary, and looks forward to meeting the winning bidder.

The McLaren 570S Spider is available to order from all McLaren retailers and can be won at a more affordable price of £164,750. Bespoke services are available from McLaren Special Operations (MSO), which offers almost limitless design possibilities. Powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, this two-seater 570S Spider can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds and onto a top speed of 196mph with the top down. The roof is an electrically-folding hardtop that can be lowered in just 15 seconds at speeds of up to 25 mph, especially suitable for the great British summer.

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