2020 McLaren Speedtail Number 69 Heads To Auction In Pristine Condition With Only 54 Miles
Jeremy Cliff ©2023 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Scheduled to dazzle the audience at RM Sotheby’s annual Arizona sales event on January 25th, the 2020 McLaren Speedtail Number 69 will be front and center. As the gavel falls at the auction, one lucky individual will secure the keys to an unparalleled driving experience marked by speed, sophistication, and the unmistakable aura of McLaren luxury.
This specific Speedtail, the 69th of only 106 ever produced, embodies exclusivity. Coated in bespoke McLaren Special Operations (MSO) Liquid Blue Silver, it boasts a mere 54 miles on the odometer, making it practically a brand-new marvel. Delivered new via McLaren—The Collection of Coral Gables in August 2020, its unique appeal lies in the meticulous care taken during its creation, with an original sticker price of around $2.726 million.
The Speedtail’s exterior is a canvas of innovation, a testament to McLaren’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of design and technology. Built around a lightweight carbon-fiber structure, it pays homage to the iconic McLaren F1, featuring a central driving position and vertical dihedral doors. The Liquid Blue Silver paint, specially crafted by McLaren Special Operations, elevates the hypercar’s aesthetic.
Pushing the car into the rare stratosphere of luxury are details that include tinted carbon-fiber weave, exquisite Thin Ply Technology (TPT) carbon fiber details, polished brightwork, distinctive 10-spoke Diamond Cut lightweight wheels with aerodynamic ‘speed covers’ made of 1,000-strand, exposed, gloss carbon fiber, and custom-specified in Liquid Blue Silver calipers. The exterior badging, handsomely rendered in machined aluminum, and the exhaust, neatly integrated into the rear diffuser and finished in natural Titanium, showcase the meticulous attention to detail.
The Speedtail’s futuristic cabin seamlessly blends luxury with cutting-edge technology. The blue and gray full aniline leather upholstery creates a striking contrast, extending beyond the seats to the headliner, kick panels, and door sills. The interior’s pristine condition is accentuated by the retention of protective plastic and wrappings, highlighting the car’s as-new state. Noteworthy among the array of exquisite trim is the Thin Ply Technology (TPT) carbon fiber applied to the steering wheel and ceiling-mounted switchgear console. This intricate marbled patterning creates a stunning jewel-like effect.
Beneath the sleek bodywork lies a hybrid powertrain that defines the Speedtail’s prowess on the road. The heart of the Speedtail is a 723-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, an evolution from the McLaren P1’s powerplant. The engine features a revised piston design and enhanced cylinder-head cooling, ensuring optimal performance. This formidable power is complemented by an electric motor developed by McLaren’s Formula E technology group, providing an additional 312 hp. The hybrid powertrain produces an astonishing 1,035 hp, propelling the Speedtail to a jaw-dropping top speed of 250 mph.
The dielectric-cooled and insulated battery, acclaimed as the most power-dense ever fitted to a production vehicle, speaks volumes about McLaren’s commitment to pushing the frontier of what is possible in a road car. The Speedtail also introduces ‘Velocity Mode,’ a feature that, upon activation, optimizes the car for high-speed stability by lowering the suspension, changing the aerovane configuration, and retracting the side-view cameras.
The 2020 McLaren Speedtail Number 69 takes center stage at RM Sotheby’s auction on January 25th. Enthusiasts and collectors from around the globe will vie for the chance to own a piece of automotive history. The auction house estimates a price tag between $2 million and $2.5 million. For more auction details on the 2020 McLaren Speedtail Number 69, please visit the RM Sotheby’s website.