A year since McLaren announced its F1 Certification and Heritage programme, the Woking carmaker is set to debut an immaculately restored F1. Painstakingly overhauled by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), which continues to develop and manufacture parts for the iconic supercar, the Chassis 63 will be put on display at the Hampton Court Concours d’Elegance from September 6 to 8.
The restoration done over a period of 18-months saw the body and drivetrain stripped from the car, the interior re-trimmed in the original Semi Aniline leather and finished in Woking Grey using 10 hand-selected hides. Alcantara in the same Woking Grey shade was used on the dashboard and the perforated passenger seats while the driver’s seat was re-trimmed in leather with a red perforated Alcantara centre panel. The carpets were all renewed and the over mats finished with a grey leather piping. The steering wheel was replaced too using MSO’s stock of original parts, with the owner retaining the original for historical reference.
Once the interior re-trimming was done, the exterior body panels were re-fitted to chassis 63, repainted in the original Magnesium Silver paint in a thorough process that took nearly 900 hours to complete. It’s not just the body and interior that have been restored; the car’s 6.1-litre normally-aspirated engine was also completely rebuilt and dyno tested to ensure that it generates 618 bhp.
To make the overhaul comprehensive, the F1 #063’s dampers were sent back to Bilstein for refurbishment and the driveshafts and hubs were also sent to the original supplier for rebuild.
“Just 12 months ago we announced the MSO McLaren F1 Heritage programme with the unveiling of F1 25R, resplendent in Gulf Racing Colours. Following an extensive restoration, which was very much a labour of love for our team, it’s an honour to now display chassis 63 at the Hampton Court Concours d’Elegance. With the work the team has carried out, this car will continue to fulfil the original brief for the McLaren F1; to create the world’s finest road car,” said Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations.
In total, 106 McLaren F1s were built between 1993 and 1998, among them 64 standard road cars and 28 GTR race cars.