Here’s your chance to own a big, roaring piece of Formula 1 history. A Benetton-Ford race car that was driven by Formula 1 greats such as Michael Schumacher, Nelson Piquet and Martin Brundle is now up for auction.
Arguably, there is nothing more historic than the 1991-1992 Benetton-Ford B191/191B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater car with the chassis number B191B-06. This is why the privately owned Bonhams auction house knows this car will fetch between €220,000 and €280,000 at its upcoming auction in Monte Carlo, Monaco next month.
The Benetton B191B is powered by a 72-degree 3.5 liter Ford HB V8 engine, which can rev up to 13,800 rpm and a rated 730 bhp. It sports a Benetton six-speed gearbox, and it carries a fuel capacity of 204 liters. The man behind this magnificent racing beast is John Barnard who had also designed other famous race cars like the Chaparral 2K in the Indianopolis ‘500.’
The car is memorable for a number of reasons. Seven-time world champion Schumacher took over for Piquet in this car on March 22, 1992. During qualifying, he managed to become the third fastest out of 30 cars. And come race day, Schumacher scored his first podium finish in third place. He also went on to score a podium finish during the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos when he won another third place in the car. After this, the car was retired from active service.
Prior to Schumacher, three-time world champion Pique took to his last grand prix race in the same Benetton. Moreover, former F1 driver and now television commentator Martin Brundle also started his career with Benetton with the same car in 1992. Truly, you can relive a lot of Formula 1 history with this car in your garage.
The Monaco Sale ‘Les Grandes Marques À Monaco‘ will take place on May 13.