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First McLaren Speedtail sold at auction achieves $3.2 million

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The very first example of the McLaren Speedtail to be offered at a public auction made a considerable $3,277,500 (£2,396,00).



a car parked on the side of a road: RM Sothebys Arizona 2021 Speedtail


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RM Sothebys Arizona 2021 Speedtail

Listed for the 22nd annual RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction, the 2020 Speedtail contributed to total sales of $35 million (£25.6 million). 

Held at the OTTO car club in Scottsdale, extremely limited amounts of in-person bidding was permitted. However, over half of all auction activity came from online bid, with 90 percent of all lots listed being sold.

One, very, careful owner



a close up of a car: RM Sothebys Arizona 2021 Speedtail


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RM Sothebys Arizona 2021 Speedtail

One of 106 Speedtails made, chassis number 36 was first delivered to McLaren of Philadelphia last year. Even with an original list price of $2.25 million (£2.1 million), the first owner spent a further $170,000 (£137,711) on options. 

Painted in MSO Atlantic Blue, with bespoke pinstripes, the interior of the Speedtail is a combination of tan Aniline leather and carbon trim. 

A twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, combined with an electric motor, gives the hybrid Speedtail an output 1,035 hp. Trick aerodynamics allow a potential top speed of 250 mph. 

Gallery: Your complete guide to the 2021 Arizona auction season (Motoring Research)

Despite this, the first owner added just 30 miles to the odometer. This is far below the 2,500-mile annual limit, imposed by federal ‘Show and Display’ rules in the United States. These apply due to the Speedtail not being strictly road legal in the USA.

A diverse range of top-selling cars



a car parked on the side of a dirt field: RM Sothebys Arizona 2021 Speedtail


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RM Sothebys Arizona 2021 Speedtail

As impressive as the McLaren’s final price was, it was only the third top-selling car at the RM Sotheby’s sale. 

That accolade went to the 1955 Jaguar D-Type, once sold by Bernie Ecclestone of Formula 1 fame. The bright red D-Type achieved a considerable $6,000,000 (£4,380,000) on the auction block. 

A 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer by Corsica claimed second place in the most-expensive stakes. 

Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s, commented that the “diverse top three” of cars sold proved that “once again that best-of-category, top-quality cars of every era continue to draw significant interest from collectors and bring strong prices.”

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