Racing Point’s First F1 Car

2019 Racing Point RP19

Offered by Bonhams | Paris, France | February 2, 2023

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The Force India Formula One team had some pretty major financial and legal issues surrounding its owner Vijay Mallya and went bankrupt in 2018. The assets of the team (which could be traced back to Jordan Grand Prix) were bought by a group led by Lawrence Stroll. Racing Point would compete in F1 for two seasons: 2019 and 2020 before being re-branded as Aston Martin.

The RP19 was the team’s first car and competed in the 2019 season, during which the team employed drivers Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez. For power, the RP19 used a Mercedes powerplant, specifically the turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 and a KERS system. This chassis has had its relatively modern engine removed.

The competition history for this chassis, #RP19-03, includes:

  • 2019 Monaco Grand Prix – 12th (with Sergio Perez)
  • 2019 Canadian Grand Prix – 12th (with Perez)
  • 2019 French Grand Prix – 12th (with Perez)
  • 2019 Austrian Grand Prix – 11th (with Perez)
  • 2019 British Grand Prix – 17th (with Perez)
  • 2019 Russian Grand Prix – 7th (with Perez)
  • 2019 Japanese Grand Prix – 8th (with Perez)
  • 2019 Mexican Grand Prix – 7th (with Perez)
  • 2019 United States Grand Prix – 10th (with Perez)
  • 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix – 9th (with Perez)
  • 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – 7th (with Perez)

That’s a fair bit of points-scoring finishes for this chassis, which is about as new of an F1 car chassis as you’re likely going to be able to find on the open market. It’s coming directly from The Aston Martin F1 team, who has been slowly selling off cars with Bonhams over the last few years. Engineless, it is expected to fetch $120,000-$150,000. Click here for more info.

Brennabor Roadster

1911 Brennabor Type B Roadster

Offered by Bonhams | Paris, France | February 1, 2023

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Brennabor-Werke AG was a German automobile company that was founded by the Reichstein brothers in 1871 to produce child carriages. A decade later they got into bicycles, with the Brennabor name first appearing in 1892. Motorcycles arrived in 1901, and to-order automobiles became available two years later.

Actual production started in 1908, and this Type B was produced just three years after that. The B was available from 1911 through 1913 and is powered by a 1.3-liter inline-four rated at about 12 horsepower. Top speed was around 35 mph.

This car spent decades upon decades in the U.K. before entering the collection from which it is offered. It’s been regularly used in various rallies and events and now has a pre-sale estimate of $24,000-$27,000. Click here for more info.

Adler Type K

1911 Adler Type K 7/17PS Phaeton

Offered by Bonhams | Paris, France | February 1, 2023

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Adler really ran the gamut of products, selling things like typewriters and bicycles in addition to motorcycles and cars. Their first cars were De Dion-powered and premiered in 1900. Automobile production ceased in 1940, but motorcycle production resumed after WWII. They are most well known for the Trumpf models of the 1930s.

What we have here is a pre-WWI touring car. The Type K was produced between 1910 and 1913. Power is from a 1.8-liter inline-four, which was the smallest engine they offered in a range of exclusively four-cylinder cars at the time (there was a nine-liter four also offered concurrently, among others). Output was rated around 15 horsepower.

The car had a top speed of less than 40 mph, so about the speed of a Model T. Still, though, it’s a really attractive car. It looks like the sort of thing the Kaiser would be seen riding in during a WWI movie. It has an estimate of $35,000-$44,000. Click here for more info.

1901 Durkopp

1901 Durkopp 7HP Rear-Entrance Tonneau

Offered by Bonhams | Paris, France | February 1, 2023

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Durkopp was one of at least a few automobile companies to have got their start with sewing machines or the like. They built their first car in 1898, and just three years later this rolled out. This is thought to be one of two 1901 automobiles from the marque to survive.

It’s powered by a seven-horsepower inline-twin. The rear-entrance tonneau body style was a popular one in this time, and something you’ll find a fair share of at events like the London-to-Brighton run, of which this car is an alumnus.

This car has been in museums and private collections for quite a while, having spent the last 21 years under its current ownership. It now has a pre-sale estimate of $160,000-$195,000. Click here for more info.

Maserati 4CM

1937 Maserati 4CM

Offered by Bonhams | Paris, France | February 2, 2023

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Maserati has been around since the mid-1920s, but not many of their early cars survive. Most of that has to do with the fact that not many were built, because they were all low-production racing cars.

The 4CM was an open-wheel Grand Prix car produced between 1932 and 1938. It was the Maserati Brothers’ first light racing car, powered by a supercharged 1.1-liter inline-four that was good for 125 horsepower and 130 mph. This particular car was one of the last of the model built. It was purchased new by driver Johnny Lurani, and it’s competition history includes:

  • 1938 Tripoli Grand Prix – 3rd (supposedly) (with Johnny Lurani)
  • 1938 Targa Florio – DNF (with Lurani)

It was first restored in the 1960s and, after, was shown at a Swiss classic car show before being hung on a wall for 38 years. It was returned to usable condition in 2017 and was on track at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix historics. It has an estimate of $1,200,000-$1,500,000. Click here for more info.

Ermini Sport

1954 Ermini 1100 Sport Competizione

Offered by Bonhams | Paris, France | February 2, 2023

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I’m not sure if Ermini or Bandini are the definition of “etceterini,” but I’d have to lean toward Ermini. The cars are named for their constructor: engineer and racing driver Pasquale Ermini. He built his first cars in 1949 and shifted from full cars to bodies for specials in the mid-1950s. By 1962, it was all over.

Only a small number of Ermini cars were actually built, with some sources estimating total output of less than 40 examples. This car is powered by a 1.1-liter Fiat twin-cam inline-four. This car had a fairly extensive racing career in Italy with its first owner through 1959.

It’s been in Italian collections of the last few decades. This is a ticket into historic racing and rallying events worldwide. It’ll cost the next owner between $405,000-$460,000. Click here for more info.

Jordan 191

1991 Jordan-Ford 191

Offered by Bonhams | Paris, France | February 2, 2023

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Eddie Jordan’s Jordan Grand Prix competed in F1 between 1991 and 2005. This car is from their debut season, which saw drivers Bertrand Gachot and Andrea de Cesaris start the season. Roberto Moreno, Alex Zanardi, and a very young newcomer called Michael Schumacher also ran races for the team in place of Gachot.

Power is provided by a 3.5-liter Ford V8 that made about 650 horsepower. This particular chassis, #6, has the following competition history:

  • 1991 Hungarian Grand Prix – 7th (with Andrea de Cesaris)
  • 1991 Belgian Grand Prix – 13th, DNF (with de Cesaris)

It was used as a spare at Italy, Portugal, Spain, Japan, and Australia as well. Schumacher used this car at Spa during free practice one before it was raced by de Cesaris. That makes this the first F1 car ever driven by Schumacher during an F1 weekend. It’s had a few private owners since, and was used on F1 TV race coverage at Silverstone in 2021 when Mick Schumacher did some demonstration laps with it. It’ now has an estimate of $1,500,000-$2,150,000. Click here for more info.

T26 Grand Sport Coupe

1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe

Offered by Bonhams | Paris, France | February 2, 2023

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The Grand Sport was the short wheelbase sports car version of Talbot-Lago’s T26, which was their first car introduced after WWII in 1946. The T26 hung around through 1953. This particular Grand Sport, one of just 36 built, was ordered new as a bare chassis by racing driver Andre Chambas.

Chambas designed the body himself in clay and supposedly had it built locally by Contamin, a company that actually built cabins for cranes. Power is from a 4.5-liter inline-six that made around 170 horsepower. Chambas took this car racing, including:

  • 1949 24 Hours of Le Mans – 17th, DNF (with Andre Chambas and Andre Morel)
  • 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans – 13th (with Chambas and Morel)
  • 1951 24 Hours of Le Mans – 17th (with Chambas and Morel)
  • 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans – 9th (with Chambas and Morel)
  • 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans – 52nd, DNF (with Chambas and Charles de Cortanze)

The original coupe body was removed after Le Mans in 1950 and replaced with an open style. This remained on the car until after Le Mans in 1953 (during which the car spun out, and the gearbox was subsequently ruined). The original coupe body was reinstalled at this time.

The car has had quite a few owners in quite a few countries since Chambas sold it in the mid 1950s. It’s a pretty fantastic looking car with a pretty remarkable (all privateer) racing history. Actually, this Talbot has more starts at Le Mans than any other. Pre-sale estimate? $2,150,000-$2,650,000. Click here for more info.

Nagant-Hobson

1910 Nagant-Hobson 14/16HP Roi-des-Belges Tourer

Offered by Bonhams | Paris, France | February 2, 2023

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Liege-based Nagant was actually founded as a firearms manufacturer, and some of their guns would be staples of the Russian military for decades. The company’s first cars came about in 1900 based on the Gobron-Brillie.

The first Nagant-designed cars arrived in 1907. They were sold in England under the Nagant-Hobson marque. This one is powered by a 3.1-liter inline-four and features a four/five-seater touring car body.

This car was partially restored in New Zealand before returning to Belgium in the early 1990s. It has remained with the consignor for the last 30 years and carries an estimate of $42,500-$64,000. Click here for more info.

Volkhart V2 Sagitta

1947 Volkhart V2 Sagitta

Offered by Bonhams | Paris, France | February 2, 2023

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Kurt Volkhart was a German designer who had an understanding of aerodynamics. In the 1930s, he had come up with a small sports car he called the V1, but it never went beyond the prototype stage.

After the war, Volkhart resumed his aerodynamic work, this time basing his “V2” on an early Volkswagen Beetle (technically a wartime KDF 60) chassis. The slippery aluminum body was designed by Konig von Fachsenfeld. It has one of the lowest coefficients of drag ever recorded for a road car.

Power is supplied by a rear-mounted 1.1-liter flat-four good for 24 horsepower. This little thing was good for 88 mph, which was faster than the first Porsches. It was used as a daily driver for six years before being parked in the early 1950s.

A restoration in the 2010s took it back to its original silver color (from an older green repaint). Bonhams says this was the only one built (other random places state two). What it will bring is anyone’s guess. Click here for more info.