Offered by Gooding & Company | Pebble Beach, California | August 16, 2019
Well, there are few race cars more desirable than a Ferrari Formula One car. And one that won the driver’s and constructor’s championship is more or less holy grail territory. The 312T was the replacement for the 312B3 and debuted at the third race of the 1975 season.
The 3.0-liter flat-12 pumps out 500 horsepower, and five examples were built. Two of which were used by Niki Lauda during the season, while teammate Clay Regazzoni also took the helm of this chassis throughout the season. The competition history of this car consists of:
1975 Spanish Grand Prix – 25th, DNF (with Lauda)
1975 Belgian Grand Prix – 5th (with Regazzoni)
1975 Dutch Grand Prix – 2nd (with Lauda)
1975 French Grand Prix – 1st (with Lauda)
1975 German Grand Prix – 3rd (with Lauda)
1975 Austrian Grand Prix – 6th (with Lauda)
1976 South African Grand Prix – 18th, DNF (with Regazzoni)
It was purchased by its first private owner out of Ferrari storage in 1979. It was restored by its present owner and won its class at Pebble Beach in 2017. It now should bring between $6,000,000-$8,000,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
Offered by Bonhams | Chichester, U.K. | July 5, 2019
Toyota leaped into the wild world of Formula One in 2002. After untold millions were spent – and without a single victory to show for it – the company bolted after the 2009 season. They didn’t even really sell the team to anyone else as is F1 fashion. They just left.
The TF104 was campaigned during the 2004 season, and an updated “B” variant was introduced mid-season. The team’s lineup started with Christiano da Matta and Olivier Panis – neither of which finished the season with the team. Instead, Ricardo Zonta and Jarno Trulli rounded out the last few races.
In all, 11 chassis were built for the 2004 season, two of which were used solely as test cars, including this one. Normally powered by a 3.0-liter Toyota V10, this car had its mechanicals removed before it was purchased by its current, private owner. Still, it should sell for between $75,000-$100,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
Offered by Bonhams | Chichester, U.K. | July 5, 2019
Williams was a star in F1 in the early 1990s. Part of that had to do with the fact that Adrian Newey was designing their cars. The Williams FW14 was for 1991 season and was updated to FW14B-spec for 1992. And it was a beast.
Team drivers Riccardo Patrese and Nigel Mansell managed to win the constructors championship while utilizing the six “B” chassis built for the season. This was the first car designed by Newey and it rocked. It’s probably the best car Williams has ever fielded.
Power is from a 3.5-liter V10 capable of 760 horsepower – at 14,500 rpm! Usually publicly-owned F1 cars have replacement engines, but this one is the real deal, carrying the motor Mansell used to win the opening round of the championship. The competition history for this chassis includes:
1992 South African Grand Prix – 1st (with Nigel Mansell)
1992 Mexican Grand Prix – 1st (with Mansell)
1992 Brazilian Grand Prix – 1st (with Mansell)
1992 Spanish Grand Prix – 1st (with Mansell)
1992 San Marino Grand Prix – 1st (with Mansell)
1992 Monaco Grand Prix – 2nd (with Mansell)
1992 Canadian Grand Prix – 23rd, DNF (with Mansell)
1992 British Grand Prix – 2nd (with Riccardo Patrese)
1992 German Grand Prix – 8th (with Patrese)
1992 Hungarian Grand Prix – 13th, DNF (with Patrese)
1992 Belgian Grand Prix – 3rd (with Patrese)
1992 Italian Grand Prix – 5th (with Patrese)
1992 Portuguese Grand Prix – 19th, DNF (with Patrese)
The car was then mostly destroyed in an airborne accident at Estoril when Patrese hit Gerhard Berger wheel-to-wheel at speed. Mansell went on to be World Champion later that year.
It’s obviously since been restored. Championship-winning F1 cars don’t trade hands publicly often, and Bonhams is mum on a reserve. Check back in a few weeks to see if it sold – and for how much. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
Offered by Bonhams | Chichester, U.K. | April 7, 2019
Larrousse Formula One was an F1 team founded by Gerard Larrousse and Didier Calmels in 1987. Based in Paris, the team used Lola chassis through 1991 and switched to Venturi-branded chassis for 1992. Their final two seasons, 1993 and 1994, they used cars designed in-house.
This car, LC89 chassis number 03, was a Lola-built car powered by a 3.5-liter Lamborghini V-12 capable of 600 horsepower. The engine was unreliable and 1989 was a disaster for the team, failing to qualify for or finish a majority of the races that year. The race history for this chassis includes:
1989 US Grand Prix – 26th, DNF (with Philippe Alliot)
1989 Canadian Grand Prix – 14th (with Alliot)
1989 French Grand Prix – 11th (with Eric Bernard)
1989 British Grand Prix – 16th (with Bernard)
1989 Hungarian Grand Prix – 23rd, DNF (with Michele Alboreto)
1989 Belgian Grand Prix – 20th, DNF (with Alboreto)
1989 Italian Grand Prix – 23rd, DNF (with Alboreto)
1989 Portuguese Grand Prix – 11th (with Alboreto)
1990 US Grand Prix – 16th, DNF (with Aguri Suzuki)
1990 Brazilian Grand Prix – 21st, DNF (with Suzuki)
In addition to those races, it also failed to qualify for a few races, including the 1989 Mexican, Spanish, Japanese, and Australian Grands Prix. The car has been on museum duty for quite a while and is missing and ECU and some engine internals. Otherwise, it should sell for between $180,000-$220,000. Click here for more info and here for more from Bonhams.
Offered by Bonhams | Amelia Island, Florida | March 7, 2019
Motor Racing Developments Ltd. was a Formula One constructor founded by driver Jack Brabham and engineer Ron Tauranac. It is commonly known as “Brabham.” The team competed for 30 years, between 1962 and 1992. Jack won the F1 championship in one of his own cars in 1966 – the only time that’s ever happened.
This chassis began life as a Repco-powered BT26 in 1968 with driver Jochen Rindt. The Repco was an unreliable unit, so the team switched to Cosworth power for 1969. With the new engine and some slight tweaks, the ’68 cars (including this one) were rechristened the BT26A. This car is powered by a 3.0-liter Ford-Cosworth DFV V8. It’s race history includes:
1968 Canadian Grand Prix – 12th (DNF), with Jochen Rindt
1968 United States Grand Prix – 11th (DNF), with Rindt
1968 Mexican Grand Prix – 21st (DNF), with Rindt
1969 Spanish Grand Prix – 6th, with Jacky Ickx
1969 Dutch Grand Prix – 5th, with Ickx
1969 French Grand Prix – 3rd, with Ickx
1969 Canadian Grand Prix – 1st, with Ickx
1969 Mexican Grand Prix – 2nd, with Ickx
1969 Oulton Park Gold Cup – 1st, with Ickx
Not too shabby a record once the Cosworth was installed, which the car retains. It’s an impressive open-wheel car from the glory days of F1. It should bring between $1,100,000-$1,400,000. Click here for more info and here for more from Bonhams.
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Amelia Island, Florida | March 8-9, 2019
It’s become pretty trendy lately for “major” manufacturers to build track-only cars for their wealthier clients to enjoy and pretend they are talented. Ferrari has done it, as has Aston Martin. In 2011, Lotus decided to try to do it in a completely different, balls-to-the-wall kind way.
Before the recession about killed the company and cost the CEO his job, Lotus head man Danny Bahar was flinging out cool concepts left and right with an awesome product roadmap that would’ve made Lotus a sports car contender again. Just like McLaren ended up doing with much better timing (and funding).
Anyway, one of his projects was this, the T125. It’s basically a customer F1 car. Power is from a 640 horsepower, 3.8-liter Cosworth V8. It’s got a bunch of F1 tech inside of it as Lotus was a constructor in F1 at the time. Basically, the car is way too intense for some rando rich guy to hop in and safely pilot around a track.
Despite that, Lotus planned an extravagant launch party in the basement of the Louvre where they told select clients that for about $1 million they’d get the car, a transporter, spares, and a professional driver to teach them how to use it. Then they could go race other people who bought in.
Well it didn’t work. Lotus ended up building as few as two of these, and rumor is not one of them was ever sold as intended. This one has the classic John Player Special livery and can now be yours. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Paris, France | February 6, 2019
Last May, RM Sotheby’s sold a copy of Jordan’s 199 F1 car that was photographed in a very similar position to this car. I’m not sure whose collection these are coming out of (and frankly I really don’t feel like trying to figure it out), but one wonders if there will be more to come.
Jordan’s first year in F1 was 1991, and this was their 1996 car. Power is from a 3.0-liter Peugeot V10, an example of which this care retains. The team’s 1996 drivers were Rubens Barrichello and Martin Brundle, and the race history for this chassis includes:
1996 European Grand Prix – 6th (with Brundle)
1996 Canadian Grand Prix – 6th (with Brundle)
1996 British Grand Prix – 6th (with Brundle)
It was raced in a few other races as well, but those were the highlights. Trackable cars from F1’s V10 era are hard to come by, and you can read more about this one here and see more from RM Sotheby’s in Paris here.
This is a pure 1980s Formula One car. The F1/87 was Ferrari’s entrant for the 1987 F1 season. Their drivers were Gerhard Berger (who won the last two races of the year in a similar car) and Michele Alboreto, who drove this one. This car, interestingly, is chassis #100 – which it means that it was Ferrari’s 100th Grand Prix car built since they started that numbering sequence in 1961.
This car is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged V-6 that was capable of 950 horsepower in qualifying trim. That’s a lot of power from such a tiny engine. The car improved as the year went on (hence Berger’s two wins) and this was a mid-season car, used by Alboreto in the following races:
1987 Hungarian Grand Prix – 19th, DNF
1987 Austrian Grand Prix – 18th, DNF
1987 Italian Grand Prix – 23rd, DNF
1987 Portuguese Grand Prix – 16th, DNF
Okay, so maybe not Ferrari’s most successful chassis. And definitely not Alboreto’s most successful F1 season. This car has been on long-term static display and appears to be entirely original (because it looks like it’s been used). It is noted that a complete mechanical recommissioning will be necessary before any future use. Still though, it’s a Ferrari F1 car. In this condition, it’s expected to bring between $790,000-$1,000,000. Click here for more info and here for more from Bonhams.
There aren’t a lot of McLaren Formula One cars in private hands. There are even fewer Monaco Grand Prix-winning, ex-Aryton Senna McLaren Formula One cars in private hands. And that’s exactly what we have here. This car, chassis MP4/8-6, was purchased by the current owner directly from McLaren in 2006.
It’s an MP4/8A (or just an MP4/8 as the “B” variant was a Lamborghini-powered test car), which was McLaren’s 1993 race car. The team’s drivers were Aryton Senna and Michael Andretti (who was replaced by Mika Hakkinen for the last three races of the season). The race history for this chassis includes:
1993 Spanish Grand Prix – 2nd (with Senna)
1993 Monaco Grand Prix – 1st (with Senna)
1993 Canadian Grand Prix – 18th, DNF (with Senna)
1993 French Grand Prix – 4th (with Senna)
1993 British Grand Prix – 5th (with Senna)
1993 German Grand Prix – 4th (with Senna)
1993 Belgian Grand Prix – 4th (with Senna)
1993 Italian Grand Prix – 21st, DNF (with Senna)
This was McLaren’s first season with Ford-Cosworth power after years with Honda. This car uses a 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated Ford-Cosworth V-8. Power was about 680 horsepower, one of the lowest numbers on the grid. This chassis contains the exact same engine and transmission that was in the car when it won in Monaco.
It’s pretty amazing as a car and even more amazing that someone gets to actually own this and it isn’t a display piece in a museum. Think about it: you can own and drive a Monaco-winning McLaren that Ayrton Senna used. Sure, there are other Senna-driven cars out there, but would you rather have a Toleman or a McLaren? Exactly. This is the only car in Bonhams’ sale that doesn’t have a pre-sale estimate, which should give you a hint as to the expected price. You should check out more about this car here and you can see more from Bonhams in Monaco here.
Eddie Jordan’s Formula One team got its start in 1991 and lasted through the 2005 season (before it became Midland F1). The team is now operating as Force India. The Jordan 199 – which was their car for the 1999 season – was their most successful. The original engine used during the season was a naturally-aspirated, 3.0-liter Honda V-10. One of those engines is still in this car.
The team’s drivers that year included former champion Damon Hill and team-newcomer Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Frentzen won two races in 1999 competing for Jordan. This chassis, #003, includes the following race history:
1999 Australian Grand Prix – 2nd (with Frentzen)
1999 Brazilian Grand Prix – 3rd (with Frentzen)
And that was it. It was the team’s spare car for the remainder of the season but was not needed and never saw competitive action in F1 again. This is a fairly modern F1 car. Sure, it doesn’t have the complicated powerplants today’s cars have, but it is a serious machine capable of incredible performance. Novices need not apply. F1 cars of this recent vintage are pretty hard to come by and since it’s usable, it’ll attract a good price. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.