2017 Tom Hartley Jnr Offers an Unused 1997 McLaren F1

An unused yellow 1997 McLaren F1 car with only delivery mileage is on offer at Tom Harley Jnr, a British dealer of top-end exotic classic cars.

1997 McLaren F1 Yellow
1997 McLaren F1 © Tom Hartley Jnr

A never registered, unused dandelion yellow 1997 McLaren F1 is currently on offer at Tom Hartley Jnr, in Derbyshire, UK. The car is offered with delivery test mileage only with seats and additional equipment still covered in factory wrapping. No price guidance has been released but the last McLaren F1 sold at auction set a marque record at just over $15 million.

1997 McLaren F1 at Tom Hartley Jnr

1997 McLaren F1 Yellow Open Doors
1997 McLaren F1 © Tom Hartley Jnr

Only 64 McLaren F1 sport cars were ever made and the 1997 McLaren F1 for sale at Tom Hartley Jnr can certainly claimed the lowest mileage of these supercars. This car was never registered or driven by its first and only owner. The 239 km (around 148 miles) on the clock is purely pre-delivery test mileage driven by the McLaren factory.

The 1997 McLaren F1, chassis 60, is finished in a distinct dandelion yellow over grey with white instrument dials. The car comes as delivered – the seats and much of the interior still wrapped in factory protection. The leather-cased owners handbook, the Falcom tool chest and the tool roll with gold-plated titanium tools are included in the deal.

This McLaren F1 further comes with an unused set of luggage – still factory wrapped – and the unused TAG Heuer commemorative watch with the chassis number engraved that was only ever offered to McLaren F1 buyers. As a late-production car, this F1 also benefited from several special features including a LM style spare exhaust, an additional GTR style steering wheel with F1 logo in the centre painted in matching exterior colour, passenger over-carpets and a windscreen strip, all of which have never been opened.

McLaren F1 Record Prices

1995 McLaren F1 Front
© Bonhams

Only 64 street-legal McLaren F1 cars have ever been built and these have never been cheap:

Bonhams set a new marque record when a 1995 McLaren F1 sold for $15,16,620,00 at the Quail Lodge 2017 classic car auction during Monterey Week 2017. Although this car is one of only seven ever federalized for use in the USA, this original owner car was positively used when offered with 9,600 miles on the clock.

1998 McLaren F1 'LM-Specification' Open Doors
Darin Schnabel ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The two previous highest McLaren F1 prices paid at auction were $13,750,000 for a 1998 McLaren F1 in Le Mans Specification at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015 sale and $8.5 million at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2013 sale for a 1997 McLaren F1. Both cars set new marque records at the time of sale.

The unused 1997 McLaren F1 at Tom Hartley Jnr will unfortunately be sold in a private deal so it is unlikely that the price will ever be officially disclosed. The car is offered POA (price on application) with no guidance given.

Sadly, the second owner is unlikely to ever drive the F1 either. Although the current marque record holder showed that an original, well-maintained car can sell for record prices even if driven extensively, driving a completely unused, 20-year-old F1 around the block is likely to knock quite a bit off its value.

Contact Tom Hartley Jnr for more on this car. (Just don’t expect to take it for a test drive.)