While seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher remains in critical condition in a Grenoble, France, hospital, where he is being treated for a brain injury suffered while skiing, it was announced that one of his most famous race cars will go across the auction block later this month.
Ferrari chassis No. 183, a 1998 F300 Formula One race car, is part of the Salon Collection of high-end cars at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector-Car Auction. The FOX family of channels will have 36 hours of live television coverage from the event on Jan. 14-19.
This particular Ferrari chassis was the third F300 built and was personally raced by Schumacher in 38 events. Powering this car was the then-new Tipo 047, an 80-degree V-10 engine that made 805 horsepower at 17,500 rpm.
During the ’98 season, the German driver won six races and earned 11 podiums, finishing second in points. Schumacher would go to win five consecutive championships with Ferrari from 2000-04, adding to the two he won while at Benetton in 1994-95.
“The car is in pristine condition,” states the Barrett-Jackson description of the F300. “It is worthy of being displayed in the Smithsonian, toured with world-class events, donated to charitable causes, kept in private collections or driven with the Ferrari F1 Clienti Program. Accompanied by its Classiche certificate and Ferrari documents showing the car was driven by Michael Schumacher 38 times, this car has been fully restored by Ferrari and is eligible for a number of historic events.”
Ferrari’s F1 Clienti program — http://www.ferrari.com/English/Scuderia/F1_Clienti/Pages/About_F1_Clienti.aspx — restores and maintains Ferrari Formula One racers from 1970 to the present day. As part of the program, events are scheduled at famous racetracks where well-heeled car owners can run with each other in organized events. To do so in one of Schumacher’s actual race cars surely would be a fantastic experience for any enthusiast.
“It is a rare occasion when such an important piece of racing history, a truly pivotal chapter in Ferrari’s dominance in the F1 sport, is offered for sale at auction,” Barrett-Jackson’s catalog states.
Without question, this car will draw substantial interest at the auction. Schumacher’s Ferrari is one of the few cars in the Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection that is being sold with a reserve, which means it must reach a certain minimum bid to sell. Reserves are not disclosed prior to sale.