This Saturday, April 10, the Bonhams auction in Los Angeles will headline an extremely rare S7 LM. Only 7 units of this extreme version of the American supercar have been produced since 2007, and the amount of the hammer blow should logically exceed one million US dollars given the pedigree of the lot.
In these rather troubled times in terms of automotive events (the word is weak), the Bonhams sale which will take place this weekend of April 10 and 11 at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles (California) will act as a breath of fresh air. Among the cars put up for auction are a Porsche 911 GT2 997, a 911 GT3 RS 991, a Ferrari 458 Speciale or even an 812 Superfast.
Completely banal, finally, if we take into account the pieces that will ensure the highlight of the show. One will thus note the presence of one of the 75 McLaren Senna GTR planned in production (the number 21), of another Senna, “civil” this time, and especially of one of the 7 Saleen S7 LM produced. This is estimated at around 1.3 million US dollars (1.1 million euros).
From 1,000 to 1,300 hp
This copy, the third built, only displays 482 km on the odometer and is obviously in flawless condition. As a reminder, the S7 LM is an extreme evolution of the S7, assembled by hand, whose enormous 7-liter aluminum V8 fed by two turbos delivers a little over 1,000 hp and a maximum torque of 1,150 Nm. Even 1,300 hp, if supplied with Methanol used in racing.
Chrono side, the 0 to 100 km / h is given for 2.5 s and the top speed reaches 380 km / h. Much less delusional than a Bugatti Chiron or monstrous SSC Tuatara, but much more exclusive. The S7 is one of those pieces of engineering, raw from the foundry, which appear to be rolling curiosities.