It’s that time of year when British car manufacturers migrate to California to show off expensive custom creations at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. McLaren is back again this year, featuring a distinctively painted 570S.
According to McLaren, it’s categorically not purple. No, it’s officially painted in a colour described as ‘Mauvine Blue’ which, to us, sounds like a very Ron Dennis way of describing something in a more complicated way than necessary. So even though it looks like a bar of Dairy Milk, and has a name seemingly derived from a purple synthetic dye, it definitely isn’t purple, ok?
Whatever the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) team decide to call the hue of this 570S Coupé, it’s the car they’ve picked as one of their main attractions at Pebble Beach this year. It’s certainly more visually exciting that the sombre-toned P1 they brought along twelve months ago, at least. In addition, there will also be a ‘Ventura Orange’ version of the 570S supercar on show too. We’ve done our research, and Ventura Orange is 100% orange – ESM is confident of that.
The aim is to show off the range of possibilities available through the MSO customisation programme, which allows you to tailor your McLaren to whatever tastes you have. MSO offers options ranging from simple colour choices, all the way to unique creations based on McLaren’s carbon fibre chassis architecture. The only limit to your imagination being your wallet, and that the Woking firm is likely to refuse things that might damage their brand. Or upset Ron Dennis. Perhaps don’t ask them to fit a Honda engine…
Aside from the custom 570S Coupé models, McLaren will also have the sold-out 675LT, and limited edition 650S Le Mans – which are also all accounted for already. A 1996 McLaren F1 GTR race car, on loan from BMW North America, will complete the stand. Finally, if you fancy dusting off your cheque (or check) book, there is a P1 road car and the penultimate production F1 going through the auctions.
The recent P1 is probably the cheaper of the two, listed at an estimated $1.9-2.1m, whilst the 1998 F1’s value isn’t even listed. As a wild stab in the dark, let’s suggest $20m given the special specification of this orange F1. You’ve got until Thursday to move your monies around if you want to bid; let ESM know if you win.