1995 McLaren F1

Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Bonhams
  • Single-owner McLaren F1 Chassis 044, 37th off the assembly line
  • The first fully federalized McLaren F1 to be imported to the U.S.
  • One of seven U.S. F1s.
  • Original Base Silver paint and black/gray Connolly leather

The car was purchased new by the consignor in July 1996. He then embarked on a European road trip covering about half of the 9,600 miles on the car’s odometer. From the factory, 044 was shipped to New York, where it was converted to meet federal specs by Ameritech and delivered to the consignor.

During the conversion, no part of the car was physically altered in any way that could not be put back to its 100% original form. All of the Ameritech conversion items have been carefully removed from the vehicle, leaving it in its original, as-delivered specification.

The car was serviced in May 2002 (7,071 miles) and in October 2009 (8,731 miles) and prior to sale at McLaren of Philadelphia. It comes with a complete toolkit and many other original extras including full luggage set, F1 Autoglym detailing kit, complete tool roll, car cover, Heuer watch, owner’s books and manuals. It also has all the major, original components that were removed from the car during services such as the fuel cell and tires.

Simon Kidston

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Simon is from an old British motor-racing family. He started his career at Coys, leaving to co-found Bonhams Europe in Geneva. Over the next decade, he staged high-profile auctions around the world, branching out on his own in 2006 to found Kidston SA, a consultancy responsible for some of the larger deals you rarely hear about. Simon also judges at Pebble Beach and is “the voice” of the Villa d’Este Concours and the Mille Miglia.

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