Ex-Schumacher Ferrari F1 fetches colossal sum at auction
Michael Schumacher’s winning car in the 1998 season, the Ferrari F300, sold at auction for $6,220,000.
Listed as “chassis number 187”, it is one of nine chassis created for the 1998 season and is noted as being an F300 chassis with a 100% win record.
In the hands of Michael Schumacher it was used in four victories, winning the Canadian, French and British Grands Prix, while also leading a memorable double win at the Italian GP at Monza.
Their 1998 campaign ultimately ended without a Drivers’ or Constructors’ Championship after a final defeat at the Japanese GP, with top prizes going to Mika Hakkinen and McLaren.
Chassis 187 F300 car offered to the public “for the first time”
The auction listing noted its “unaltered” condition and lack of previous owners since its original sale.
“The Scuderia retained chassis 187 until September 1999, when it was sold directly and privately to the previous owner (along with a small package of spares) in the same racing condition it was in. found today,” the listing reads on RM. Sotheby’s read.
“During their 23 years of care, chassis 187 has been treated as a closely guarded and fully preserved specimen of Formula 1 history.
“It has remained out of public view during this time, has never been restored or altered from its racing condition, and is now offered publicly for sale (and viewing) for the first time in its story.”
Auction company RM Sotheby’s has presented numerous F1 and motorsport lots in recent years.
In February of this year, Fernando Alonso’s Renault R24 from the last three races of the 2004 season sold for €258,125.
In July 2021 an auction for a McLaren MP4-25, which won Lewis Hamilton the 2010 Turkish GP, sold for £4,730,000.