Ex-Mansell F1 machines pace RM Sotheby’s $32.5M Monaco Auction

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Ex-Mansell F1 machines pace RM Sotheby’s $32.5M Monaco Auction

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Ex-Mansell F1 machines pace RM Sotheby’s $32.5M Monaco Auction

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RM Sotheby’s returned to Monaco for another successful one-day sale run alongside the Grand Prix Historique. The 2022 Monaco tally exceeded $32 million—with an 82 percent sell-through rate—and continued a record-breaking season for the international collector car auction house.

Garnering the most attention were a pair of stunning Formula 1 cars offered from the private collection of former World Champion Nigel Mansell. It was an incredibly rare opportunity to acquire two completely original F1 cars directly from their World Champion owner and driver and, as expected, both machines found delighted new owners: Selling for $1M million above the high estimate, the iconic ‘Senna Taxi’ 1991 Williams FW14 was the undoubted star of the show with a final sale price of just over $4.25M after a heated bidding battle.

Photo: Tom Gidden ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Equally as stunning and historic, Mansell’s 1989 Ferrari 640 crossed the block at just over $3.75M.

“I am delighted with all the work that RM Sotheby’s did to bring my beloved cars to market,” Mansell exclaimed. “Deciding to sell them after all these years was a huge decision, but I wouldn’t have entrusted them to any other auction house other than RM Sotheby’s.”

Not to be outdone by the Formula machinery, other significant sales included a stunning 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider by Scaglietti. Finished in Giallo Fly over Pelle Nera Vaumol leather, the car is thought to be one of just 16 US examples to feature the classic combination and sold for an impressive $2,722,000. Keeping with the Italian marque theme, a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV powered by its original “sperimentale” engine and expertly restored to factory specifications crossed the block at just over $2.6M.

Other notable highlights included a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight, believed to be one of only 200 examples produced for ‘73 in factory “Lightweight” configuration, went to its second owner for $1.35M.

And with multiple victories under its belt, a fascinating history file, and a great portfolio of newer entries in historic racing, the 1967 Tecno T/67-Ford Formula 3—the ‘67 ex-works team car—sold for $138,850.

“It [was] fantastic to be back in Monaco after a break of four years,” said Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Director of Sales-EMEA. “This year we brought a truly stunning selection of road and competition machinery to the Grimaldi Forum and there was a lot of anticipation around the sale. It is fitting that the results were led by Nigel Mansell’s incredible collection as those cars really grabbed the imagination of the public. It is clear that the market for historic Formula 1 cars is stronger than ever.”

The top ten lots are listed below:

1991 Williams FW14 €4,055,000
1989 Ferrari 640 €3,605,000
1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider by Scaglietti €2,592,500
1971 Lamborghini Miura SV €2,480,000
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti €2,030,000
1958 BMW 507 Roadster Series II €2,030,000
1988 Jaguar XJR-9 €1,917,500
1969 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 Sports Racer €1,636,250
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight €1,287,500
1988 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante ‘X-Pack’ €680,000

RM Sotheby’s is looking forward to continuing the success of 2022 with several spectacular offerings in the months leading up to what promises to be a historic auction in Monterey.

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