Motorsport enthusiasts or anyone who just saw Rush all know that name very well. James Hunt, the British racer who had a fantastic, controversial, and relatively short career in Formula 1 (by Schumacher standards at least), claimed the 1976 Formula 1 World Championship after a famous season-long battle with Niki Lauda as depicted in Ron Howard’s Rush (go see that if you haven’t yet).
The following year, McLaren rolled out with the M26 with which Hunt would finish his career with McLaren, but not after his final race win at the 1977 Japanese Grand Prix. That very car which brought Hunt his final win in his spectacular career is about to be up for grabs.
James Hunt’s final race-winning McLaren M26 will be sold on Saturday at the RK Motors Collector Car Auction which will take place in both Charlotte, NC as well as Abu Dhabi via live satellite feeds. Abu Dhabi is also home to the Yas Marina circuit, which happens to host a Formula 1 race the next day.
Preliminary estimates suggest the McLaren M26 could fetch between $1.2 and $1.8 million when it crosses the auction block half a world away.
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