Wanted: one careful owner as Marussia F1 cars go up for sale
Would you look good in an Formula 1 car like this?
By Pete Gill
Last Updated: 27/01/16 5:51pm
Fancy yourself as an F1 driver? Well, here's your chance to test yourself in the real thing after four Marussia F1 cars were put up for sale.
It's a test which won't come cheap. The Marussia MR02 - driven by Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton for all 19 races of the 2013 season - is expected to go for £200,000 while buying all four cars will cost in the region of £700,000.
But then again, how often does a bona fide F1 car - albeit one which failed to score a point - come available for sale on the open market?
The Marussia team folded two years ago before being revived for the 2015 season as Manor and the collection has been put up for sale by a private collector. It's being billed as the 'ultimate boys toy' but bidders won't be able to congregate in an auction room in the hope of snaffling a bargain.
Instead, interested parties have been invited to bid on a 'private treaty basis' with offers considered for the whole collection or each individual car.
"We've had a lot of interest already," report auctioneers John Pye Auctions.
"The cars have raced through the streets of Monte Carlo and across the F1 grand prix international circuit. It's the ultimate auto sport asset provenance offering."
How much does an F1 car cost?
|Car||Previous drivers||Expected cost|
|2013 Marussia MR02||Jules Bianchi & Max Chilton||£200,000|
|2012 Marussia MR01||Timo Glock & Charles Pic||£150,000|
|2011 Marussia Virgin MVR02||Timo Glock & Jerome d’Ambrosio||£150,000|
|2010 Virgin VR01||Timo Glock & Lucas di Grassi||£150,000|
There is just one snag - you won't be able to drive any of them straight out of the showroom.
All four cars would require substantial engineering to be road worthy again. But if you want to impress the neighbours, this could be just the thing your driveway is looking for…
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