A 2020 McLaren Elva, the latest hypercar from the British sportscar company which was launched just last year, is to cross the block – the first example to do so – in the new Bonhams Supercars on Sunset sale, a contemporary collector car auction broadcast Live and Online from the auction house’s Los Angeles gallery on Sunset Boulevard on Saturday April 10.
Inspired by the 1960s Speedsters penned by founder Bruce McLaren, the ground breaking mid-engined high-performance carbon-fibre supercar is the firm’s first open-cockpit roadster, renowned for its striking ‘flying buttresses’ replacing the roof and windscreen, together with an Active Air Management System. Powered by a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine, the all-carbon fibre Elva, McLaren’s lightest road car to date, has a top speed of 200mph and acceleration from 0-62mph in under 3 seconds.
The Elva is the final model in the luxury car maker’s top of the range ‘Ultimate Series’ and the automobile offered is the 45th example of only 149 produced. Delivered new to the United States, it came with a host of special options including Nerello Red paintwork and bespoke Ice White/Caviar Black interior. It is offered with an estimate of $1,700,000 – 2,100,000.
The Elva is just one of five of McLaren’s finest supercars to be lately consigned to the Bonhams auction, lining up with another of the company’s Ultimate Series – a 2019 McLaren Senna. The track-focused road car was named after the late Formula 1 legend who won his three World Championships with McLaren.
This example, the 197th of the 500 unit production-run, was finished in MSO Graphite Grey over black leather interior with blue accents. Immaculately kept by its sole owner, it has covered just 441 miles. Estimate $950,000 – 1,100,000.
Joining the Senna is its track-only sibling, a 2019 Senna GTR, one of 75 produced, which has covered a mere 50 miles. Its estimate is $1,700,000 – 2,100,000.
Completing the McLaren line up is a pair of longtail 600 LTs, based on the Sports Series model. A stunning special-order Curacao Blue 2020 Spider, with retractable hard top roof, has an estimate of $275,000 – 315,000, while the Vega Blue 2019 Coupé’s estimate is $250,000 – 280,000.
The McLarens will be vying for pole position in the premier auction with a home-grown Californian supercar, a 2007 Saleen S7-LM, one of the rarest supercars produced and one of just three examples ever built with an output of 1000bhp. This one owner car has covered just 300 miles since new and has an estimate of $1,000,000 – 1,300,000.
Supercars on Sunset: The Sale
The Supercars on Sunset Sale on April 10 will offer a superlative selection of contemporary collectors’ cars and supercars with an exclusive roll call of the most exotic and powerful automotive names from Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz AMG to Porsche and Rolls-Royce.
The sale will be conducted in Bonhams Los Angeles gallery as a Live & Online auction, which will be presented to a global audience via Bonhams.com.
Registered bidders will have the opportunity to bid in real time online while watching the auctioneer and videos of cars on offer. Absentee and telephone bids are also encouraged.
Report by bonhams.com