• The Very First McLaren F1 GTR Longtail is Up for Sale!

It’s the First F1 GTR Longtail to be converted to road specification!

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The first example of the iconic McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, one of only 10 built, is being listed for sale by Tom Hartley Jnr. Arguably one of the most important McLarens ever produced, this specific model was a factory development car and one of only two GTR prototypes that ended up in private hands. The other one is currently owned by former Pink Floyd drummer and renowned car collector Nick Mason. The seller hasn’t listed a price for the supercar, but it’s safe to say it will change hands for more than $5 million.

One of Only Two Privately Owned F1 GTR Prototypes

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Although it wasn’t the first development car — that honor goes to chassis no. 10R— this F1 GTR Longtail, built on chassis 19R, was the first to be converted to road specification.

Yes, the F1 GTR Longtail was a full-fledged race car and only a few of them were made available with road-legal specifications.

This car was converted by Lanzante and Gordon Murray Design.

The cool thing is that even though the car is more than 30 years old, it’s being offered with all the parts necessary to return it back to full race spec. It also comes with a dedicated book by Gordon Murray Design, documenting the history of the car and its conversion. Granted, you won’t be able to convert it back to race specs by yourself, but you can do so with the help of a specialized company. On top of these parts, the car is also offered with spare components.

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The GTR Longtail was originally raced by Team Goh in the 1997 FIA GT race at Suzuka. It was then sold to Team Take One for the 1999 Japanese Grand Touring Championship and continued to race until 2002. It was converted to road use following its retirement and then sold off to private owners. It’s one of just 10 F1 GTR Longtails built for 1997 and the only one you can buy right now, as the other nine are residing in either institutions or with private collectors.

McLaren F1 GTR Longtail specifications
Engine V-12
Displacement 5,990 cm3
Horsepower 600 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Torque 480 LB-FT @ 5,600 RPM
Transmission X-Trac 6-speed sequential
0 to 60 mph 3 seconds
Top Speed 207 mph

How much is this car worth?

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McLaren F1s usually fetch millions when they show up under the hammer. Of course, figures vary based on specs and how rare they are. For instance, a race-ready F1 GTR Longtail from the same year as this one was sold for $5.3 million back in 2014. Regular, road-legal McLaren F1s also fetch around $5 million. However, F1 LM models are known to worth much more than that. In 2019, such a car changed owners for a record-breaking $19.8 million. This GTR Longtail shouldn’t be this expensive — only five LMs were built — but it will probably cost more than other Longtail versions. I’d say Tom Hartley could get anywhere between $7 to $10 million for it.

Based on an iconic and innovative supercar

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The F1 GTR Longtail is an evolution of the F1 GTR, the first race-spec iteration of the F1. Introduced in 1992, the F1 was the most advanced supercar of its time, featuring carbon-fiber construction, class-leading aerodynamics, impressive packaging for added practicality, and a unique three-seat layout with the driver’s seat in the center.

Only 106 cars were built, including prototypes.

McLaren built 69 F1 models, six F1 LMs, three F1 GTs, and 28 F1 GTRs. The latter includes the first-gen GTR, the GTR Longtail, as well as the cars that were later converted to road use. The F1 set new benchmarks for the supercar industry and it’s become a collector’s item the moment it left the assembly line.

Source: Tom Hartley JNR

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