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Schumacher’s Benetton B191 to be auctioned

BMW AFM 328 Roadster ex Günther Bechem - German GP

BMW AFM 328 Roadster ex Günther Bechem – German GP

THE car in which seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher scored his first ever Grand Prix points is to be auctioned at COYS’ sale in Nürburgring, Germany, on August 10.

This Benetton F1 Ford Cosworth is a direct derivative of the B194, in which Schumacher took his first title in 1994. It is eligible for any historic Grand Prix events and remains highly competitive, having appeared at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed in 2003 and 2004.

The car is offered in excellent race-ready condition with Pi dashboard, a data acquisition system and all equipment necessary to run and drive the car, including a spare set of wheels and assorted spare components. It also includes a comprehensive file documenting the car’s history, restoration and its most recent race-preparation last year.

Chris Routledge, Managing Director of COYS, said: “This is a stunning and fine-handling racing car. It represents a highly important piece of both Benetton and Michael Schumacher’s history.”

COYS Nürburgring auction also features a 1938 BMW/AFM 328 Roadster ex Günther Bechem/German GP. After WWII, Alex von Falkenhausen (AFM), an engineer who worked for BMW on the 328s before the war, opened a garage in Munich where he tuned pre-war 328s. Later in 1948 he went on to build his own car marque with the 328’s engine.

This unique BMW/AFT 328 was sold to Günther Bechem, who often raced it under the nickname ‘Bernhard Nacke’. In 1953, Bechem along with Hans Stuck entered two AFMs in the Nürburgring German Grand Prix, both qualifying and racing against modern the likes of Ascari’s Ferrari some 15 years after leaving the BMW production line.

This car must be one of the most significant racing AFM 328 on the market, having last raced at Spa for over one hour without problems, and is estimated at €350,000 to €380,000.

A unique Lancia Aprilia Riva Spider will also go under the hammer. This car was made by Signor Riva, from coachbuilder Carrozzeria Riva near Varese, in Italy, from the same factory drawings using a spare chassis in their shop in the 80s.

It has a normal Aprilia engine and is exactly the same as the original car, made by the same company and panel beaters. This Lancia is estimated at €105,000 to €120,000.

The sale will also feature an exceptional 1954 Moretti 750 Spider Bialbero Michelotti, estimated at €240,000 to €280,000; a very rare 1946 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S Pininfarina Cabriolet, estimated at €175,000 to €190,000; a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C1750 Turismo Carrozzeria Barbini, estimated at €250,000 to €300,000; and a 1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE 30th Anniversario, one of only 150 produced, estimated €120,000 at €140,000.

For further details on the cars and other lots for sale please visit www.coys.co.uk.

Lancia Aprilia Riva Spider

Lancia Aprilia Riva Spider

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