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In F1, the late 1980s and early 1990s were undoubtedly the era of Senna and Prost. After all, they were at one point the two winningest drivers in Formula 1 history. It can make it easy to forget how good Nigel Mansell was: in the same streak, Mansell racked up more wins than any other driver before Senna or Prost in the history of the sport. Now he’s selling two of the most iconic cars from that storied career.
Even before his only career championship, this CV made him Enzo Ferrari’s last personal choice to race for the Scuderia, before the 1989 season. Mansell’s first car for sale was a 640 from that season, the chassis to exact V-12 engine with which he won his debut at the track now called Autodromo Intercational Nelson Piquet. It would be the only real highlight of a two-year stint at Ferrari that ended in a threat of early retirement and a possible return to Williams, but Mansell will still be able to claim he won in that first-ever Ferrari. ran with a sequential transmission.
This return to Williams proved to be the peak of his career. Mansell won five races in the FW14 he contested in his first season with the team, including a dominant race in the 1991 British Grand Prix which saw him bring a stranded Ayrton Senna back into the pit lane on the side of his car. The car for this race, chassis FW14-5, was given to Mansell after the season; now he’s putting it up for sale alongside the Ferrari. Mansell won his only career championship with Williams in the 1992 season, retired a second time, spent the 1993 season in the US CART Championship and returned to F1 in 1994 before retiring a third time after the 1959 season.
After retiring, Mansell won two of the three races ever contested by the Grand Prix Masters series. He ended up with one of the ChampCar specification Reynard 2KI cars, which is also up for sale alongside his prized F1 contenders. Additionally, Mansell sells a Lotus 7-type Birkin Seven Sprint and a two-seater three-wheeler called the iC Modulo M89. The five cars are part of an upcoming RM Sotheby’s sale in Monaco, where the Ferrari is expected to lead the pack with an expected hammer price of between $2.75 and $5.5 million. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the iC Modulo projection starts at just $7,500.
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