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'Our Nige' sells 2 historic Williams & Ferrari F1 race cars


John S:
Mansell put his iconic Williams FW14-5 (the so called 'Senna taxi' after Nigel gave Ayrton a lift at 91 British GP) and the 89 Ferrari 640 up for sale at Monaco Grand Prix Historique weekend. Although the Williams car is without an engine as Renault has long since reclaimed the V10 power unit, it didnt seem to put the bidders off.

RM Sotheby’s stormed back to Monaco for another successful sale alongside the Grand Prix Historique. Conducting a single-day sale, RM Sotheby’s 2022 Monaco tally exceeded €30 million with an 82% sell-through rate and continued a record-breaking season for the world’s leading collector car auction house.

You could feel the energy in the packed room as all eyes fell on the pair of stunning Formula One cars offered from the private collection of former World Champion Nigel Mansell. It is an incredibly rare opportunity to acquire two completely original Formula One cars directly from their World Champion owner and driver and, as expected, both machines found delighted new owners. Selling for €1 million over the high estimate, the iconic ‘Senna Taxi’ 1991 Williams FW14 was the undoubted star of the show with a final sale price of €4,055,000 after a heated bidding battle. Equally as stunning and historic, Nigel Mansell’s 1989 Ferrari 640 crossed the block at €3,605,000. The success the Mansell Formula cars achieved is testament to their historical significance. After the excitement, Nigel Mansell said “I am delighted with all the work that RM Sotheby’s did to bring my beloved cars to market. 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.”

Courtesy RMSotherbys.com, 14/05/22


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