Michael Schumacher’s Benetton Ford B191 – the car in which the seven-time World Champion scored his first-ever points’ finish – is going up for auction this week and is expected to fetch a huge price for the lucky winning bidder.
Designed by John Barnard and Mike Coughlan, the car is powered by a Ford HB V8 engine, claiming one win – that being the last-lap victory to Nelson Piquet in the Canadian Grand Prix – as well as another podium finish en route to placing fourth in the Constructors’ Championship standings.
The design was one of the earliest – after the 1990 Tyrrell – to explore the concept of the raised nose section, which became the aerodynamic template for Formula 1 cars ever since.
Schumacher joined the team in controversial circumstances at that year’s Italian Grand Prix as the replacement to Roberto Moreno, and took the car to fifth place, ahead of Piquet, at Monza. He backed this up with two more points’ finishes in the following rounds at Portugal and Spain.
The race-ready B191 comes equipped with a host of spare parts and is eligible to compete at historic Grand Prix races around the world.
The auction will be run by COYS on August 10 at the Nürburgring.