This is one of UT's more mystical releases.
The 1st edition McLaren LM was released in 3 colors.
99.99% of them was orange, some very few was dark blue and some VERY, VERY few was silver!
I've been offered extreme$$ for this model, but would never sell it even though I got two of them.
What was the offer? $1000 USD? That would be extreme indeed.
I've never seen a silver street version before. I wonder how rare it is... 200 pcs, perhaps?
The offer was well over that and I've heard rumours form a friend who used to work at PMA that the number was below 100 as it was not suppoused to be produced in silver or blue at all.
I've seen 4-5 blue ones and 2 silver in the last 7 years.
Here you are.
This one belongs to a friend of mine.
For some period of time ago some years back, I saw 2-3 of them at Henley's in London, I bought the orange one and a green roadie instead. Not so smart!
Below is a list of the UT Mac that were released in North America in 1/18 scale:
26001 - Silver
26002 - Black
26003 - Green
26006 - Orange
and 26011 - the GTR Roadcar in Black.
Out of those colors, the rarest in North America is the Green one. This is the one that North America received the least of. Then it's the Black color.
As for the Blue one, well that model is the hardest one to find since it was never brought in to the North American market and it was a VERY limited run, sold only in Europe. The exact quantity has never been released.
Obviously, they are all becoming extremely rare now and their value is always increasing but the blue one is the most difficult one to find by far, especially in North America.
By the way, this info is for North America only. Other countries might of received more of another color and less of another, so it is hard to say which one is the hardest one to find (other then the blue one).
Yes, the silver LM was also never released in NA and is probably much rarer then the blue one but the black one was sold under number 26002 in NA. Maybe in other countries it was sold under another number but my reports show this number matching with the black one. I will double check to make sure that my info is correct.
Also, I am speaking from a Manufacture's point of view and not a collectors, so yes, you are right to say that there was 4 different variations of the orange and 2 different versions of the first GTR's but as a manufacture, we only made the orange, gunmetal silver, green, silver, and the black longtail. The LM's were very, very limited ed. that were exclusive to Europe.
The different variations were done to improve the model but in our eyes there was only one model made for each color. But for a collector, there was 4 different orange ones. I will not argue that point.
That one is made in over 1000 pieces, the silver one I posted is max a couple of hundreds, probably waaaay less. The blue 1:18 LM is also rarer than the 1:43 West #8
The reason West 1:43 sells for such a high ammount is because it was made exclusively ny Minichampe even though they have not permission to use the WEST on that model. It was never meant for the open marked, but happens to be one of the most popular Minichamps.