The very same Benetton B191 car in which Michael Schumacher scored his very first points in Formula 1, is being auctioned off by the Coys auction house at the "41 Oldtimer Grand Prix" in Nurburgring, Germany, a few days from now (August 10).
Designed by Rory Byrne and engineered by John Barnard, the Benetton-Ford Cosworth B191 produced 730hp and featured a brand-new monocoque, pushrod suspension and a six-speed transaxle. The particular car being auctioned by Coys--chassis 05--bears the distinction of being the one in which Schumacher scored his first-ever points in F1, at the 1991 Italian Grand Prix, in only his second race. The would-be seven-time world champion continued to score points in the B191 by finishing in sixth place in both the Portuguese and Spanish Grands Prix.
At the end of the 1991 season, the B191 05 was retired by the Benetton team. The engine was removed and the car was repainted in Mild Seven livery, then used as a show car until 1995. Purchased and subsequently fully restored and race-prepared by a Formula 1 specialist, the car has been returned to its exact 1991 specifications down to the HBA5 Ford Cosworth engine.
Offered in race-ready condition, B191 chassis 05 comes complete with its dashboard, a data acquisition system and all the equipment necessary to run and drive the car, including a spare set of wheels and assorted spare components. To further authenticate the car's provenance, also included in the auction is a comprehensive file documenting the car's history, restoration and its most recent historic Grand Prix race last year where it scored a podium finish.
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