Bespoke paint job

for McLaren special

McLaren 750S 3-7-59 Theme, 2023, front
McLaren 750S 3-7-59 Theme, 2023, side
McLaren 750S 3-7-59 Theme, 2023, rear
McLaren 750S 3-7-59 Theme, 2023, dedication plaque
McLaren 750S 3-7-59 Theme, 2023, interior
McLaren 750S 3-7-59 Theme, 2023, rear wing detail

MCLAREN has revealed its most ambitious and exacting bespoke livery ever - a complex finish the company is calling the 3-7-59 Theme.

Created by the paint technicians at McLaren Special Operations, the Theme was showcased on a special McLaren 750S supercar unveiled by McLaren F1 driver, Lando Norris, McLaren IndyCar driver Pato O'Ward, and former McLaren F1 driver Derek Bell, who twice competed at 24 Hours of Le Mans in a McLaren F1 GTR.

The trio of drivers were joined by Michael McDonagh, director of MSO and motorsport at McLaren Automotive.

Publicly revealed at Velocity International, the luxury motorsports festival taking place at Sonoma Raceway, USA, the 3-7-59 is a tribute to McLaren's success in winning motorsport's unofficial ‘Triple Crown' of victories at the Indianapolis 500, the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Its reveal is one of a number of events in a year of celebrations marking the 60thanniversary of McLaren being founded, in 1963.

Requiring more than 1,200 hours to paint, six customer cars wearing unique variations of the 3-7-59 Theme will be created, all either a 750S coupe or Spider, and all are already sold.

"As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of McLaren being founded, we of course reflect on our legacy of pushing boundaries, both in motorsport and more recently in supercar and hypercar excellence," said Michael Leiters, McLaren's chief executive.

"The 3-7-59 Theme takes inspiration from both of these areas, as a showcase of extreme performance that pays tribute to our Triple Crown success. The most challenging project ever delivered by McLaren Special Operations is a truly stunning expression of McLaren's industry-leading paint expertise, on a supercar that sets a new benchmark in its class."

The 3-7-59 Theme name is a reference to the race numbers worn by the victorious McLarens in each of the three Triple Crown victories: the ‘3' on the M16D driven at the 1974 Indy 500 by Johnny Rutherford; the ‘7' from Alain Prost's Monaco winning 1984 McLaren MP4/2; and the ‘59' as displayed on the McLaren F1 GTR driven to victory at Le Mans in 1995 by Yannick Dalmas, Masanori Sekiya and JJ Lehto.

The 3-7-59 Theme takes McLaren's paint capabilities to new heights, incorporating more than 20 colours to create the car's striking exterior. To achieve the astonishing depth and detail in each car, paint technicians at McLaren Special Operations have drawn on decades of combined experience and techniques developed to deliver previous one-off customer commissions.

Experimenting with new materials, McLaren has created exterior detailing made from silver leaf. Located on the lower door on both sides of the 750S with 3-7-59 Theme and applied using gilding techniques developed in-house by McLaren to achieve its own desired effect, a Triple Crown logo in silver with a wonderful patina finish is found - one of several special applications of the mark throughout the vehicle.

Triple Crown logo designs are incorporated into the interior of the car, stitched in McLaren Orange into the headrests of the car's standard carbon fibre racing seats and debossed into the centre armrest.

The seats feature further Triple Crown art that is etched in graphite Alcantara and are finished with white contrast stitching.

As a special touch, the car's dedication plaque, which is a special tribute to McLaren's success in Formula 1 and the Monaco Grand Prix, features a genuine piece of red and white McLaren Formula 1 car carbon fibre bodywork.


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