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Michael Schumacher's Ford-Benetton up for auction


So, you've hit the jackpot...but not down at the local casino.

In fact not even the local lottery would do the trick here because this Ford-Benetton B191B Formula One car used to be Michael Schumacher's company car; and it's expected to fetch at least £180,000 when the hammer falls in Monte Carlo next month.

But wait, there's more. This very car was driven by one Nelson Piquet, of whom you may have heard. He won three drivers titles during his stint in the pinnacle of motorsport and made his farewell from F1 in this car at the Australian GP in 1991.

The Brazilian's departure paved the way for Schumacher - who had completed just one Formula One race at that stage for Jordan - to jump behind the wheel for Ford-Benetton despite having an agreement in place with Jordan. Eddie Jordan applied to UK courts to stop Schumacher driving for Benetton but lost the case as they had not signed any final agreements at that stage. And the rest, as they say, is history.

So back to the car. Back in '91 the environment wasn't a worldwide issue, accordingly F1 regulations stipulated a 3.5-litre V8. The Series V Ford HB V8 engine was capable of revving to 13,800rpm and generated massive grunt at 550kW. Sporting a 204 litre fuel tank indicates that Ford weren't aiming for economy.

If you happen not to have won the Euromillions, you might still be in with a shout of picking up this piece of history at a bargain price, because despite estimates indicating it'll fetch £200,000 it is in fact a no reserve auction. Perhaps time to clear that spot in the garage?

Article written by Miles Downard
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