Mansell made over £6m from two F1 cars at auction

Jamie Woodhouse
Nigel Mansell leads Ayrton Senna. Barcelona September 1991.

Williams driver Nigel Mansell in front of McLaren's Ayrton Senna. Barcelona September 1991.

Two classic Nigel Mansell Formula 1 cars fetched over £6million combined when they went up for auction in Monaco.

As a Formula 1 World Champion and 31-time race winner, Mansell throughout his Formula 1 career got behind the wheel of several iconic cars.

And two of those went under the hammer via Sotheby’s in Monaco.

The first of these cars was the 1991 Williams FW14, the challenger that perhaps most famously became a taxi for Ayrton Senna at Silverstone that year.

Mansell had claimed pole and won the race after leading every lap, as well as setting the fastest lap of the race, while Senna’s McLaren had ran out of fuel on the final lap. Mansell would pick his rival up on the victory lap to give him a lift back to the pits.

That Williams FW14 was gifted to Mansell by the team at the end of the season, but having put it up for auction, the car fetched a whopping £3.45m.

That’s even with the car unable to run, since Renault had taken their engine from it before the car became a souvenir for Mansell.

The other Mansell car up for grabs was his 1989 Ferrari 640.

He would claim victory in that challenger at the season-opening Brazilian Grand Prix, picking up a second win of the campaign in Hungary.

That Ferrari, still complete with the engine, sold for £3.51m in an auction where both cars comfortably earned more than their estimated prices.

Mansell topped up the income by just shy of £85,000 through the sale of some further vehicles in his collection, including a 2005 Grand Prix Masters Reynard V8.


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