1993 Footwork Arrows FA14

£115,000 ($142,795)
Sale Price
£120,000 - £160,000
Est. Range
16 April 2023
Sold Date
Lot Number
Competition car, original as-raced
Auction House
Chassis no. FA1404. "Mugen Honda V10, 6-speed Footwork/Xtrac semi-automatic gearbox, carbon fiber tub chassis, active suspension, O.Z. Racing alloy wheels.

Evaluation: Driven by Aguri Suzuki in 11 Grands Prix, its best finish being seventh in Australia (one spot outside of the points). Today the engine lacks its internals, but Bonhams reports the seller had the car crack tested and otherwise race-prepped while waiting to source engine bits. Has what looks like the original paint finish and livery as you can still see the carbon fiber weave.

There are minor chips to the paint edges from the panel fitment. The wheels look well used with wet weather tires and lots of balance weights. There’s a crack in the small Perspex windscreen but a clean cockpit with useable controls. The car presents well and generally looks straight, just a shame it’s not ready to race.

Bottom Line: To own and operate a modern F1 car is a complex and expensive proposition even in the best circumstances, but a car from a defunct team like Arrows (known as Footwork from 1991-96) is to be essentially on your own and having to hire qualified private outfits (of which there are few) to get your car sorted with the proper exotic parts and vintage software. This car may look like it’s almost ready to race, but the most important and pricy part of the car – the engine – won’t be running any time soon even if the buyer did happen to have an old laptop running Windows 95.

by Andrew Newton
26 May 2023


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