Got a new house missing a modern artistic centerpiece to show what a cultured individual you are? Well, look no further. Why have a fountain or a naked bronze sculpture when you can purchase a world-renowned Formula 1 car?
Classic-car auction house Sotheby’s will be presenting for sale Michael Schumacher’s famed Ferrari F2001, chassis no. 211, at The Contemporary Art Evening Auction, to be held in New York in November. Yep, the great man’s F1 car that helped secure his fourth world championship crown, and Ferrari their 11th constructors’ title. This was also the car in which Michael won the last of his five Monaco GP races.
If we’re talking stats, Schuey’s 2001 title was of course, his fourth of seven overall F1 world championships, and the second in a straight run of wins for him and Ferrari between 2000 and 2004; a period of unbridled dominance and records “which may never be broken,” according to Sotheby’s.
Wonderful bit of machinery, too. Onboard sat a 3.0-liter Ferrari Tipo V10 engine, producing anywhere between 800hp and 900hp (depending on tune), running a seven-speed semi-auto ‘box. “Its scream at peak revs of 18,500rpm will never be forgotten by any who heard it,” Sotheby’s said. Fair point.
Described as “the most significant and valuable competition car in any collection worldwide,” the F2001 should clear a price tag “well in excess” of $4 million (P203,324,000), as part of the brand’s 70th anniversary celebrations. Essentially, it’s a pretty big deal.
But although it appears in a mere art auction, the F2001 can still be used at full capacity in historic racing. Ferrari are offering to house the car in Maranello and transport it worldwide for pre-arranged Corse Clienti events and track days, with some F1 technicians and drivers thrown in as well. Beats the year of breakdown cover you get with most purchases. Fancy your chances?
NOTE: This article appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.