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iconic cars were auctioned off for record figures

Historic car auctions are often competitive arenas that show how far the limits of collector car fans can go. Along the same lines, this weekend o


Historic car auctions are often competitive arenas that show how far the limits of collector car fans can go.

Along the same lines, this weekend one of the most recognized historic car auctions in the world was held. Made in Monaco, RM Sotheby’s is an event that returned to the ring after three years of absence caused by the pandemic.

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Two original F1 models owned by English driver Nigel Mansell were auctioned there. They are a 1989 Ferrari 640 and a 1991 Williams FW-14.

Both vehicles were driven by him. In addition, they meant changes and new models at the time, which is why they are considered of special sentimental value.

The Ferrari 640 became an icon for its style. That is, its shape called ‘Coca Cola’ because of the curve that the body had to extract the air towards the rear wheels. In addition, it was the first car to incorporate linkages behind the steering wheel to make gearbox changes.

For his part, the Williams FW-14 was the last Formula 1 design with the fuel tanks located laterally to the pilot’s cockpit. The rules changed when driver Gerhard Berger crashed at Imola, where his car burst into flames when it crashed into the Tamburello corner; after that moment, the International Automobile Federation decided that the tanks went after the pilot.

Both vehicles have spatial significance for what they represent for fans of these auctions. The Ferrari 640 was sold for €3,605,000 and the Williams for €4,055,000. Both exceeded by one million the value that was previously estimated for each one.

Also, these auction practices are on the rise, as Juan Manuel Fangio’s iconic Mercedes 300 SL Roadster was brought to Switzerland in early March. It was never known who bought it or how much it cost, but international experts speak of a value greater than 25 million dollars.

On the other hand, in May, another Mercedes also gave something to talk about. It is one of the few extant models of the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut from 1955. It was sold at a secret auction held in Germany for an extraordinary $142 million.