Some time ago, we informed you about the upcoming auction of Lewis Hamilton’s single-seater, with which he won his first victory in the colors of Mercedes. At that time – during the 2013 season – he had only one championship title. Few would have thought at the time that a few years later he would already have seven and he would equal the legendary Michael Schumacher in the historical charts.
The auctioned car is interesting for one more reason. “It is the only car that belongs to a private person’s collection. You won’t buy any other Mercedes single-seater if you don’t go to see Tot Wolff or Lewis Hamilton himself,” said interested party Shelby Myers, one of the leading heads of the auction company RM Sotheby’s, which sponsored the entire event.
And she couldn’t have chosen a better venue for the auction itself. The Mercedes was bid on directly during the race weekend in Las Vegas. So it was clear that the highest bids would go very high. In the end, even the organizers themselves were surprised.
They expected that the interested parties would pocket 10 to 15 million dollars, i.e. up to 350 million crowns. However, the value of the highest bid in the end was 18.815 million dollars, converted to over 422 million crowns! This made Hamilton’s 2013 W04 the most valuable F1 car of the modern era. Until this moment, the Ferrari F2003-GA of Michael Schumacher, with whom he won the sixth world title, led. It was once auctioned for $14.9 million.
It’s not about an absolute record, however – ten years ago, the Formula 1 car with the highest bid was the Mercedes-Benz W196R from 1954, driven by Juan Manuel Fangio himself. It was sold for an astronomical 29.6 million dollars, i.e. 665 million crowns.
Although the single-seater auctioned at the weekend is functional – the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated eight-cylinder still works in its guts – it is nevertheless a car that won “only” one victory and has no title to its credit. The question arises, what would be the value of the highest bid if Lewis Hamilton himself released one of his masterpieces to the auction. But something tells us it won’t just happen…