A stunning pair of Formula 1 Ferrari’s—one the four-GP-winning ex-Schumacher ’98 F300; the other, a refettled ’54-‘55 625 F1 which in its original 500 F2 spec won the ’53 AVUS GP—will share the spotlight at RM Sotheby’s upcoming Monterey auction, August 18-20.
The 3.0-liter V10-powered Ferrari F300, chassis 187, claimed the first of its four 1998 F1 victories in Canada, driver Michael Schumacher following up with wins in France, Britain and Italy.
It being one of the most significant Ferrari F1 cars in existence, being the only undefeated chassis to run at least three races the Scuderia retained chassis 187 until September 1999, when it was then sold to a private owner in the same race-used condition in which it remains today. Indeed, the car has been remarkably preserved—never restored or altered from its as-raced condition.
It has been shielded from the public during this time and will be publicly offered for sale in Monterey for the first time in its history.
Also on auction in Monterey will be a 1954 Ferrari 625 F1 raced by by Jacques Swaters’ Ecurie Francorchamps and the legendary Marquis de Portago.
A sister car to Alberto Ascari’s 1952 and ’53 World Championship-winning Ferrari 500 F2, this particular machine began life as chassis number 0208F, the fourth of five 500 F2 cars, and the first Ferrari raced by Ecurie Francorchamps.
In 1954, with the GP regulations changing, most of the 500 F2 cars were upgraded to 625 F1 specification—as was the case for this car as part of its rebuild at Ferrari. With its chassis renumbered to 0540, it was sold to de Portago who campaigned it in four ’55 F1 events. It then became a part of the prestigious Bardinon Mas du Clos collection and later, in the hands of other notable owners, it was enjoyed at several vintage events at Goodwood and Monaco.
In December 2000, the rare Ferrari 625 was purchased by a collector based in Cologne, Germany, who has stewarded the car through 21 years of fastidious care, contributing to its current impressive state.
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