Earlier this month, James Hunt‘s final race-winning car – a 1977 McLaren M26 – was sold at auction in Abu Dhabi for $1.2 million. But before it winged its way to its lucky new owner, we were privileged enough to spend some quality time alone with it at the Dubai Autodrome.

Sadly, we weren’t allowed to drive it. Or even get in it. But thanks to our ace photographer Arun M Nair, we have prepared, for your delectation, some detailed shots of a genuine piece of motor racing history. And we hope you enjoy them.

Full gallery of shots available HERE on crankandpiston.com