F1 Legend Nigel Mansell Selling Two Historic F1 Cars

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Including a Ferrari and his championship-winning Williams.

Former Formula 1 World Champion and mustache aficionado, Nigel Mansell, is selling a few of his cars via RM Sotheby's.

Known as the Nigel Mansell Collection, it gives the ultra-wealthy a chance to buy an actual F1 car directly from the driver. But these aren't just any F1 cars, however. Each vehicle up for sale comes with a story, which makes them even more valuable.

The most valuable of the bunch is likely the 1991 Williams FW14 chassis number five, in which Mansell won five Grand Prix, including the 1991 Silverstone Grand Prix. It also won Mansell the 1992 World Championship, after which it went directly to his garage.

That already makes it extremely special, but there's an additional layer of history that might boost its price by a fair amount. For context, check out the car and the video below.

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This same car was involved in one of the best examples of sportsmanship ever seen on television. Mansell and Ayrton Senna were fierce competitors in 1991, but Mansell and his mustache stopped to give Senna a lift after his car ran out of gas.

An official tried to stop this obviously dangerous move, but Senna pushed him away and likely told him to get wrecked. Silverstone is a long track, after all.

More than anything, it proved that drivers can still duke it out like gladiators on the track while being respectful of each other when the race ends. Both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen can learn a lot from simply watching the video above.

Can you imagine Sir Hamilton giving Verstappen a lift on his Mercedes-AMG F13? At this point, it seems unlikely Max would get a ride in Lewis' Mercedes-Benz EQC.

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But back to Mansell's cars. According to RM Sotheby's, there will rarely-perhaps never-be another opportunity to acquire two completely original Formula One cars directly from their World Champion owner and driver, who has cherished both vehicles from the day they were retired from the track and which have been preserved in 'time-capsule' condition.

The 1989 Ferrari 640 with chassis number 109 was the first F1 car fitted with a semi-automatic gearbox. Mansell struggled with it during pre-season testing, but the car ended up winning its maiden race by more than seven seconds.

It ended up having a less than spectacular season, but it crossed the finish line of the last race and went directly to Mansell's garage. It will be sold wearing the same tires when it finished that last race. It hasn't been driven since.

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Mansell's collection also includes a 2005 Reynard 2KI Grand Prix Masters Car, which he drove twice in the 2006 Grand Prix Masters Series. This series pitted former F1 drivers against each other, using single-seater cars powered by 3.5-liter V8 engines producing more than 650 hp. Mansell won two races using this particular Reynard.

Other highlights include a 1990 iC Modulo M89, chassis no. 001, gifted to Nigel Mansell by its designer, Carlo Lamattina.

Finally, there's the 1991 Birkin Sprint, which is a South African-made kit car accurately based on the famous Lotus Seven. Mansell actually bought this car, and according to RM Sotheby's, he was a big fan of the tiny Birkin.

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