A stunning, single-owner McLaren F1 built in 1995 sold August 18 at the Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, California for $15,620,000 USD ($19,769,810 CAD), establishing the legendary British sports car as one of the highest-appreciating and most desirable vehicles of all time, and one of the 15 most expensive cars sold at auction.

This particular F1 is legal for registration and use on U.S. roads, and, by extension, cross-border trips to the Great White North.

In fact, this, the thirty-seventh F1 off the assembly line, was the first McLaren F1 imported into the U.S. after the vehicle’s launch, and it’s the first fully road-legal McLaren to roam the land of the free, home of the brave.

Just over 14,000 kilometers show on the tachometer (which reads just north of 8,700 miles, being a U.S. car) and, thankfully, the original and single owner of this car left it exactly as it was when it left the factory, with no modifications whatsoever, prior to its recent sale.

We hope the new owner does the same, thereby preserving what is surely one of the greatest specimens of automotive excellence on earth.

The vehicle was sold with its full service history from new, which included its most recent maintenance appointment in July of this year.

Interestingly, the car has been serviced at both McLaren and BMW dealerships, as the chassis was developed and built by McLaren, but the naturally-aspirated V12 engine was engineered and hand-crafted by BMW in Munich.

Speaking of the engine, with this vehicle’s impeccable maintenance history and low mileage, it should still be capable of bellowing out its maximal output of 627 horsepower at full song.

To re-hash a few performance figures, the aforementioned BMW V12 allowed the F1 to sprint to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in a staggering 3.2 seconds—which is still a relevant performance number by today’s super car standards. Zero to 100 mph (160 km/h) was accomplished in 6.35 seconds; and zero to 200 mph (320 km/h) in 28 seconds, going on to its long-time top-speed record of 240 mph (386 km/h).

Adding to the vehicle’s allure is its iconic colour scheme, painted in silver, with black and gray Connolly leather covering the interior, save for the centre of the driver’s seat, which is upholstered in McLaren’s signature red finish.

If you missed out on this F1 purchase, it’s truly a shame, but on the positive, you don’t have a $19.7-million withdrawal or credit application to explain to your better half.

(Bonhams)