Although it’s safe to say all 375 units of the McLaren P1 are unique in their own right, some examples, and especially those gifted with McLaren Special Operations (MSO) parts, are a bit more special that the "standard" versions. Then there’s the P1 in Schmee’s video above. Granted, it might not look unusual at first glance, but give the footage a few seconds and you’ll notice that the white-and-black exterior is complemented by gold wheels, a gold engine cover and gold McLaren badging. Sure, it’s not unusual for certain cars to feature gold wheels (think Subaru WRX STi), but the P1’s are actually gold-plated and, according to Schmee, crafted by McLaren’s MSO division.
What’s more, it seems it’s not just the supercar’s exterior that’s finished in gold. Schmee says the interior trim is adorned by the same expensive metal, as is the exhaust heat shield. The latter was likely added in a nod to the McLaren F1, which had most of its engine hood wrapped in about 0.8 ounce of gold for heat insulation. Making this P1, which was spotted in Malaysia, that much more special is that it’s the only one in the world that features bespoke VIN and chassis numbers, outside the usual 001-to-375 number run. Guess this owner wanted his P1 to be truly unique. Gold-plated parts, custom VIN number, I wonder what’s next?