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Final US-Spec McLaren P1 Is Up for Auction

With a VIN that reads SBM12ABA1FW000371, this is no ordinary hypercar royalty. As a matter of fact, chassis 371 of 375 is the last ever McLaren P1 built for the US market. And good golly, the owner has decided that the time has come to sell this car after only 234 miles (376 kilometers).
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Photo: Bonhams
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We’re not joking about the mileage. The odometer reads just that, and you’d better believe it from the dashboard photo featured in the following gallery. The McLaren’s mint condition and the red-letter chassis number are the most important reasons for the estimated price carried by this Alaskan Diamond White-painted British hypercar: $1.9 to $2.2 million.

It’s slated to go under the hammer in January, and we have a gut feeling that someone will put their money where their mouth is and buy this Macca for more than the estimate given by Bonhams’ experts. If that’s not enough greenback to make your eyes water, don’t forget that all hammer prices at car auctions are subjected to a buyer’s premium.

In this case, we’re talking about 10 percent of the final bid, which comes close to $200,000. But let’s not pity the lucky guy who’ll get to own this magnificent machine, because all that mountain of green dollar bills is money well spent.

Case in point: the ICE-electric motor combo delivers a face-bending 903 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of rear-wheel drive savagery. It may not boast a top speed as high as the 221 mph (355 km/h) of grandaddy F1, but the P1 is a different animal, one that’s made to carve mesmerizingly fast corners with the precision of a scalpel in a doctor’s hand. Mind you, a top end of 217 mph (349 km/h) and a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint of 2.8 seconds isn’t exactly shabby for the successor of the iconic McLaren F1.

But these are just numbers. And hypercars aren’t only about numbers. What makes the P1 tickle this editor’s funny bone is the sinister presence this hypercar has on the road. It’s extremely hard to point the finger on what makes it so special in the eyes of a gearhead, but the je-ne-sais-quoi is there, alright, and it’s there by the bucketload. Being that all 375 units of the P1 were allocated immediately after the hypercar was launched, we have to highlight that the person who will seize this opportunity will not regret the purchase.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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