The seven-time British world champion McLaren MPA-25 was purchased for £4.836m, or just over 5.6m euros. This single-seater makes it into the top five of the most expensive Formula 1 cars ever sold.
At the last Silverstone Grand Prix, for the first time in history, a Lewis Hamilton was sold at a one-man auction. The British driver’s car was under the pull of RM Sotheby’s auctioneers, who were responsible for selling this McLaren MP4-25 from the 2010 season. With the genius of Stevenage behind the wheel, three victories, one pole position and nine podiums, this single-seater has aroused the desire of many enthusiasts: “This extraordinary car has received a lot of attention from collectors around the world, driven to victory by the sport’s most accomplished driver, who wanted to recapture an important piece of motorsport and F1 history,” said a press release on the official Sotheby’s website.
#SOLD! The first Lewis Hamilton F1 GP-winning car to hit the market sold for a record £4,836,000 on the Silverstone Circuit.
– rmsothebys (@rmsothebys) 17 July 2021
Offers received “online, by phone and in person”
Before finding its owner, the car rasped the asphalt during the Silverstone Grand Prix, convincing collectors to put their hands in their pockets. Also, “bids for the car have been received online, by phone, and in person at Silverstone,” according to Sotheby’s press release.
Featuring the iconic chrome finish with red accents on the sidepods, this single seater The fourth most expensive Formula 1 car ever sold at auction. Sold for £4.8m, the vehicle sits just behind the Ferrari F2002 and F2001, bargaining for £5m and £5.5m respectively. Price-wise, these relatively new single-seaters still lag far behind Fangio’s legendary Mercedes W196R, which was bought for £19.6m. While the identity of the owner of this McLaren has not been disclosed, this lucky owner can count on McLaren Racing teams to roll this chrome arrow down a track if he wishes. At least…