I thought I would go for something a little different today. Let’s have a look at a few Formula 1 cars currently on the market as of the date of publication (March 2022). You would be surprised to see which former motorsport icons are up for sale right now…
This piece of automotive history is most probably the priciest vehicle on this list. With an asking price of 4.9 million dollars, it is certainly up there for a machine which cannot legally be driven on any public roads.
This particular example raced in the last 2 rounds of the 1998 season, with none other than Michael Schumacher behind the wheel. It wasn’t to be for the legendary F1 driver however, as a DNF at the finale in Japan cost him a chance of winning the Drivers’ Championship. The title instead went to his rival Mika Hakkinen in a McLaren.
Nevertheless, there is no denying that the F300 was one of the fastest cars on the grid in 1998. The two events that this chassis competed in showed this; pole positions at both the Nürburgring and Suzuka clearly demonstrate this.
Despite the bittersweet circumstances surrounding the history of this vehicle, being in the same seat that Schumacher also sat in will wash away all negative thoughts.
Copersucar Fittipaldi F5A-03
Up for sale on the Officina Caira website is the third chassis of the Fittipaldi Automotive F5A. In 1975, multiple world champion Emerson Fittipaldi and his brother Wilson decided to make their own F1 outfit, with funding coming from Brazilian sugar company Copersucar.
The F5A design competed in the 1978 season as well as the first few rounds of 1979, and was relatively successful. Emerson drove for the team himself in ’78, and managed a brilliant 2nd place at his home race at Jacarepaguá in front of a fervent crowd.
Regular points finishes meant the team finished 7th in the Constructors’ Championship, despite only running one car. Any Brazilian F1 fans, be sure to pick this bright beauty up. The price is available on request.
Piloted by a pair of proper talents by the names of Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher, this car is emblazoned with the name of 1996 World Drivers’ Champion Hill.
The 198 managed a 1-2 at perhaps the most chaotic F1 race ever, the rain-affected Belgian Grand Prix. Damon Hill has written his autograph on both the steering wheel and side of the car on the No.2 chassis. This is sure to be a real collectors’ item for whoever snaps it up.
Jordan as a team struggled in the first half of the 1998 campaign, failing to score a single point in the first 8 rounds. Several upgrades allowed Eddie Jordan’s team to rocket up the rankings, ultimately finishing 4th in the team standings.
Connaught B-Type #B5
Now for a genuine golden oldie. The Connaught B-Type took part in Formula 1 between 1955 and 1958. This specific chassis raced in Connaught’s most successful season, which was 1956.
Jack Fairman drove this exact car to 4th at Silverstone and 5th at its next outing at Monza, so it was certainly no slouch.
Immaculately restored and ready to race in the iconic British racing green colour scheme, a hardcore fan of 50s F1 would be disappointed to miss such a rare opportunity to own a slice of motorsport history.
I usually like to leave personal opinion out of articles, but the 643 for me is the most aesthetically pleasing Formula One car ever made. Period. It has such a simple yet curvaceously elegant design, a far cry from the complex and confusing shapes found on modern cars.
Unfortunately, this Ferrari wasn’t as fast as it looked by Ferrari’s very high standards. This was in spite of having both Alain Prost and Jean Alesi in control.
Prost constantly complained about the 643’s handling characteristics. He was controversially sacked by the Maranello management after saying that the vehicle drove “like a truck”. It also suffered from poor reliability, finishing only a handful of races in 1991.
When the car did meet the chequered flag it often ended up on the podium but the team disappointed overall, with no wins. Anyway, wouldn’t you like to own a car driven by a three-time WDC? Well, here’s your chance!
BMW Sauber F1.09A-01
The number 1 chassis of BMW Sauber’s last car in Formula 1 was a show car. This means it is devoid of many of the sponsor logos and doesn’t have a real engine inside either. Nonetheless, this would still make a stunning display virtually anywhere!
After an impressive showing in the previous season, 2009 was a major slump from the highs of 2008 for Peter Sauber’s outfit. Even though BMW poured tons of funding into the team, development of the car could not keep up with the other teams in the paddock.
Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld couldn’t muscle the F1.09 out of Q2 much of the time, and race pace wasn’t a whole lot better. The best results by this design were a pair of 2nd places at Malaysia and Brazil.
Leyton House CG901
Chassis No.6 of Leyton House’s effort for 1990 is up for sale on Car and Classic.
The conspicuous light blue machine certainly turned heads when it was unveiled, but not due to its flashy colour scheme. Many were instead astounded by the extremely tight packaging of the body around the engine. This was thanks to the engineering megaminds of Adrian Newey and Ross Brawn. Not bad for a duo to lead the car’s design, don’t you think?
Sadly, the engine was no match for the chassis. The CG901 paled in comparison to the likes of Ferrari and eventual title winners McLaren. The car failed to even qualify on 6 occasions, but did have an unbelievable race at the French Grand Prix.
Attempting a no-stop strategy, Ivan Capelli and teammate Mauricio Gugelmin were running in 1st and 2nd respectively for well over half distance. Then it all started to go wrong for the Japanese racing team. Gugelmin retired 22 laps from the finish with an engine failure and Capelli suffered similar troubles, limping home in 2nd position after being overtaken by the Ferrari of Alain Prost 3 laps from the end.
The seller is asking for a trade on this one, so you better have an equally stunning vehicle on hand to swap for this beast!
Driven by the absolute legend that is Niki Lauda in seven GPs in the 1973 season, this beauty hasn’t been seen on the market in more than 46 years.
The Austrian driver impressed in this exact model, a 5th place at Zolder among other magnificent showings convincing Ferrari to sign him for the following campaign. The rest is history!
The P160 lasted for four years in the pinnacle of motorsport, but slowly lost its racing edge as the years went by. It was first introduced in 1970, waltzing to second in the constructor standings.
This example has been faithfully restored to 1972 specification, and is ready to race at a variety of historic F1 events. If you ever want to unleash your inner Lauda, why not do it in a car he actually drove in?
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