Earlier today we found ourselves talking about an accident damaged Porsche Carrera GT listed for auction on CoPart. We weren’t the only ones - motoring journalist and car YouTuber Freddy ‘Tavarish’ Hernandez’ commented on the listing, noting, “I’d love it but I can’t afford this”. Currently, the bidding is at $384,000, and the reserve hasn’t yet been met.
Hernandez has some experience in repairing an exotic, limited-run supercar, although the vehicle he started with was a whole lot cheaper than the Porsche. He paid just $80,000 ($60,500) for an accident-damaged McLaren 675LT, which on the face of it seems like a bargain, but it was in a bad way.
It had damage at both ends of the car, wrecked front and rear subframes, and a compromised carbon fibre tub. The knock to the rear was hard enough to damage the gearbox and the turbochargers, and to make matters worse for the mechanical side of things, the McLaren had sat for around three years.
In the end, though, as detailed by Tavarish’s cost breakdown, that stuff didn’t work out too expensive considering the kind of car this is. The front subframe was $3,500 new from McLaren, while the rear - a used 650S part that required some tweaks - cost the same. A used gearbox meanwhile was a thoroughly reasonably $2,000.
Where it gets really spendy is for a lot of the carbon stuff, especially if sourced directly from McLaren. The front splitter, for instance, was an eye-watering $14,000. The carbon fibre roof with the central scoop - not necessary for the repair, but it does look great - was $9,000 plus $3,500 to route it to the inlet manifold.
Perhaps the most heinous thing of all is the $250 McLaren charges for a new bonnet badge, but that’s a drop in the ocean compared to other big-ticket items in the project, like the $17,000 custom interior. The paintwork also wasn’t far off half the cost of the damaged car Tavarish started with.
We’ll let Hernandez take you through all of the items (we’ve only covered a fraction here), and give the total. What we will say, though, is although the project was enormously expensive, it still ended up being reasonable value considering the spec of the car. Plus, he’s got a whole video series out of this with YouTube ad revenue from millions of views and some attached sponsors. An average Joe without all that might want to think twice before taking on something like this…