Formula 1® host first ever RM Sotheby’s collector car auction in Abu Dhabi

Formula 1® and RM Sotheby’s will host the first-ever major international collector car auction at the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2019. The sale will bring together an expertly curated selection of 40 significant Grand Prix™ racing machines, blue-chip road-going sports cars, and an enviable lineup of hyper- and supercars for public auction.

The auction will take place on the Formula 1® grid from 9pm GST onwards on Saturday November 30. Fans and registered bidders will be able to view the cars to be auctioned in the F1 Fan Zone on Friday 29th and Saturday the 30th.

RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi sale will present best-of-category automobiles across numerous segments of the collector car market including a 2002 Ferrari F2002, Michael Schumacher’s Championship-winning car. Other auction highlights include:

Formula 1® Racing Legends

  • 2002 Ferrari F2002, Michael Schumacher’s Championship-winning car, victorious in three Grands Prix in 2002 (Estimate: $5,500,000 – $7,500,000);
  • 1992 Benetton B192, piloted by then-newcomer Michael Schumacher in the 1992 FIA Formula One World Championship (Estimate: $825,000 – $1,100,000);
  • 1982 Ferrari 126 C2, the sole surviving example, driven to victory by Patrick Tambay in the 1982 German Grand Prix (Estimate: $2,000,000 – $2,500,000).

Blue-Chip Sports Classics

  • 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, one of the world’s most iconic cars, outfitted from new with rare optional sport suspension and NSL engine (Estimate: $1,400,000 – $1,800,000);
  • 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS, a rare late-production example, originally owned by Prince Abdallah Moulay of Morocco (Estimate: $1,600,000 – $1,800,000);
  • 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring, a fabulous example of Porsche’s most famous and desirable street GT (Estimate: $750,000 – $850,000).

Modern Supercars

  • 2015 Ferrari FXX K, Ferrari’s most potent track-only, limited-production automobile, producing 1,035 bhp, and showing 250 km on the odometer (Estimate: $4,000,000 – $4,500,000);
  • 2017 Pagani Zonda Aether, a one-off ‘760’-specification roadster fitted with an ultra-desirable six-speed manual gearbox and a host of unique features (Estimate: $4,500,000 – $5,500,000);
  • 2016 McLaren P1 GTR, a virtually as-new, one-of-58 example, showing 150 miles and finished in special-order Canepa Green and Papaya Orange (Estimate: $2,200,000 – $2,400,000);
  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss, a single-owner example of the rarest and final version of the Mercedes-Benz/McLaren SLR (Estimate: $2,550,000 – $2,750,000);
  • 2014 Koenigsegg Agera R, one of a mere 18 examples built and capable of running on both petrol and E100 biofuel (Estimate: $2,000,000 – $2,500,000, Offered without reserve);
  • 2011 Aston Martin One-77, the 38th of just 77 built, with proceeds donated by the seller to African Parks (Estimate: $1,500,000 – $2,000,000, Offered without reserve);
  • 1990 Ferrari F40, signed by Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel (Estimate: $1,500,000 – $1,750,000).


Auction:       Saturday, 30 November 2019                   9:00pm GST

 Preview:      Thursday 28 November 2019   11:00am – 6:00pm GST

(3:00pm – 4:00pm Media Preview)
Friday, 29 November 2019                                         10:00am – 6:00pm GST
Saturday, 30 November 2019                   10:00am – 7:30pm GST The complete RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi digital catalogue is available here: ked0 List Tab

Sean Bratches, Managing Director Commercial Operations, Formula 1, said:

“We are thrilled to be partnering with RM Sotheby’s to host the first ever car auction on the grid in Abu Dhabi, bringing together like-minded enthusiasts for the first ever collector car auction of this caliber In the Middle East. We are always looking for ways to increase a fans experience and while not everyone will take away a piece of motorsport history, we are excited for fans to view this incredible collection across the race weekend.”

Maarten ten Holder, Head of Europe & Chief Auctioneer, RM Sotheby’s said:

“We see both a parallel passion for motoring between car collectors and F1 fans, as well as a parallel adrenaline in the auction room and on the circuit. F1 Grands Prix are the historic motorsport events that have inspired the values of so many of the important cars RM Sotheby’s has sold and the stories that we curate at our auctions around the world. We look forward to bringing the best of post-war sports classics, racers, and supercars to a new market in Abu Dhabi.”