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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1993 - 1998
Numbers built:107 (65 road cars)
Designed by:Gordon Murray / Peter Stevens
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:August 07, 2015
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Chassis: 059
On early F1s, the headlights were found to be somewhat inadequate for nighttime driving. McLaren experimented with several solution and one was used for this chassis. Internals from the BMW Z1 headlights were fitted in slightly modified housing. Eventually, a solution was found using the original housings, giving chassis 059 a unique and very distinct appearance. As per the request of its first owner, John Studholme, it was finished in silver with a black Alcantara interior. He was no stranger to F1s as he traded in 017 to buy this car and at one point also owned F1 GTR chassis 14R.

Studholme used the car regularly and at the first service, 059 had already racked up over 4,500 miles. As was always the case during his ownership, the service was carried out by McLaren Special Operations. At that time, the F1 was also fitted with a the High Downforce Kit and 18-inch wheels that are still fitted to this day. Studholme continued to use the car but not as extensively and eventually sold it to an American collector in 2012 with around 16,000 miles on the odometer. Stored in a climate-controlled building and used very sparingly, it remained in the same 'Pinnacle Portfolio Collection' for the next decade.

In 2022, chassis 059 was entrusted to RM Sotheby's for a special sealed, online auction during the company's flagship Monterey sale. The car will be on display in Monterey and bidding opens on Thursday 4pm (PDT) and closes again on Saturday 4pm.


Chassis details
Manufactured in 1998
First owner John Studholme

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  Article Image gallery (264) Chassis (18) 059 Specifications User Comments (23)