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Just for show, not to race: Ferrari SF1000 goes to auction

Full-scale replica F1 car is expected to attract bids of between £136,000 and £181,000

Not many people get the chance to own a Formula 1 car, but that’s about to change for one lucky auction bidder. 

The F1 collector’s club could soon welcome a new member when a full-scale replica Ferrari SF1000 goes under the hammer this month. 

In September Scuderia Ferrari raced in its 1,000 grand prix, an event that was held at its home track of Mugello in Italy. To celebrate the milestone the Italian team and auction house RM Sotheby’s are putting together what is described as a “once in a millennium” sale of F1 memorabilia. 

Offered entirely without reserve, the online-only auction from 7-14 December will feature 16 exceptional motorsport lots, including the full-scale SF1000 wearing unique livery designed specifically for Scuderia Ferrari’s 1,000th GP.

Personally signed by Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, the SF1000 is expected to attract bids of between €150,000 (£136,111) and €200,000 (£181,482). Fans will note that the car boasts two sets of driver numbers: Leclerc’s No.16 on the nose and Vettel’s No.5 on the rear tailfin.

An exact 1:1 replica of the SF1000, this car is one of two built by Ferrari and was used as the centrepiece for the 1,000th grand prix celebrations. However, bidders should be aware that this lot is a “show car created for display purposes only”. It is not a running car and has never been raced.

Other lots in the online auction include three sets of 1,000th GP racing gloves and racing suits signed by Leclerc, Vettel and Mick Schumacher; two replica 1,000th GP signed racing helmets; and two signed SF1000 rear wing end plates. Fans will also be able to bid on a behind-the-scenes experience at an F1 grand prix in the 2021 season. 

Maarten ten Holder, head of Europe, RM Sotheby’s, said: “The lots in this motorsport auction offer Ferraristi and Formula 1 enthusiasts a chance to acquire their very own piece of motorsport and automotive history, or, in the case of the packages on offer, experience it for themselves first-hand.”

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