You Can Buy Michael Schumacher’s F1 Car At The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
For the first time ever at a Formula 1 Grand Prix event, Yas Marina Circuit and RM Sotheby’s have teamed up to showcase a range of incredible motor cars up for auction during the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019 festival.
The inaugural Grand Prix Auction will take place at Yas Marina Circuit and a 2015 Jaguar C-X75, which featured the Bond film Spectre, joins a line-up of classics that include Ferraris like the 275 GTS pictured above), Porsches, Mercedes and even a Formula 1 car.
Jaguar C-X75 from Spectre (Credit: Amy Shore © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
The Jaguar, chassis no.001 is one of the C-X75 examples used as stunt cars in Daniel Craig's penultimate outing as Bond. A version of a Jaguar concept car, built in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, the C-X75 was never officially produced. Driven by Dave Bautista, it featured in the iconic chase through the streets of Rome, in pursuit of 007’s Aston Martin DB10.
“This is the first time Sotheby’ is collaborating with Formula One to do a high-end, exotic collectible cars auction with an F1 programme,” Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said. “And Abu Dhabi is the platform for that pilot. We’re talking about cars like the Aston Martin One-77, really unicorn types of cars. Michael Schumacher’s F1 car will be part of the line up. The auction is an additional piece [to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix], with an offering you wouldn’t see anywhere else.”
2011 Aston Martin One-77 (Credit: Sunny Miu © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's)
Other models on offer include a Ferrari F40 signed by former world champion Sebastian Vettel and a rare Aston Martin DB5.
In total there are 50 cars, each with a value of over $1 million, on sale.
1990 Ferrari F40 (Credit: Ahmed Qadri © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
The auction can be watched by spectators with Paddock Club tickets, as well as those who have pre-registered. Those who haven’t need not worry, however, as they will still be able to view the classic cars in a purpose-built giant tent located in the main oasis. Incredibly, this will be the Middle East’s first major international collector car auction.
1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster (Credit: Sami Sasso © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's)
Taking place on Saturday November 30, the sale will focus on bringing together expertly curated single-seaters and road-going sports cars with a historical connection to the world of motorsport, alongside a broader collection of hand-picked, blue-chip classics.
McLaren Mercedes Stirling Moss (Credit: Jed Leicester © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's)
Other racing memorabilia will also be up for grabs with certain amounts of the raised money going to charities and environmental organisations.
Here are some our favourtite cars from the auction.
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring (Credit: Ahmed Qadri © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's)
2015 Ferrari FXX K (Sami Sasso © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's)
2001 Lamborghini Diablo GT (Credit: Ahmed Qadri © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's)
2005 Maserati MC12 Credit: Kimio Ng © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's)