1989 Ferrari 640

RM Sotheby's Monaco 2022
Saturday, 14 May
€3,605,000 ($3,752,805)
Sale Price
€2,500,000 - €5,000,000
Est. Range
14 May 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 109. 3498/600hp V12, 7-speed paddle shift, Speedline centerlock black painted alloy wheels, Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.

Evaluation: 1989 Ferrari team car given to Nigel Mansell and displayed since in his collection. The first year for the paddle shift transmission. 1st at Brazil and Hungary, 2nd at France and Britain, 3rd at Germany. Old and cracked tires. Good paint and well-maintained but not run in three decades. Introduced on the block by Nigel Mansell: “every nut and bolt original.”

Bottom Line: Bidding opened at €2M and then moved quickly to this result, an appropriate price for a Ferrari GP car with technical significance, racing success and impeccable provenance. It will be magnanimously expensive to return it to the track but Ferrari Course Clienti will surely oblige if given a blank check. It was followed on the block by Mansell’s 1991 Williams-Renault FW14 that surprisingly sold for even more.

by Rick Carey
10 June 2022

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