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F1 champ Scheckter’s car collection for sale

RM Sotheby’s has consigned the phenomenal personal collection of racing cars of 1979 Formula 1 world champ Jody Scheckter for its Monaco sale (10-11 May).

Star lot without a question is the Ferrari 312 T4 in which propelled the South African to his Drivers’ Championship, the last for Ferrari until Michael Schumacher’s first title for Ferrari in 2000. The single-seater, ‘presented in unmolested but fully running order’ according to the auction house was the chassis Scheckter used in all his victories that season, including the Italian and Monaco GPs. It is expected to make  €5,250,000-6,500,000.

1979 Ferrari 312 T4

The collection includes a trio of desirable McLarens including a 1973 McLaren M23, the model which secured the team its first constructors’ championship title, as well as two drivers’ championships for Fittipaldi and Hunt. Scheckter’s example was Peter Revson’s 1973 British GP winner and was previously part of the McLaren factory. Estimate  €1,750,000-2,250,000.

1973 McLaren M23

Also on offer is the very car that gave Scheckter his F1 debut at the 1972 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. The 1971 McLaren M19A is one of just two survivors and was raced by Hulme, Revson, and Oliver, this is an, which is  exceedingly rare example, being one of just two M19As in existence. Offered without reserve, it is estimated at €750,000-1,000,000. 

1971 McLaren M19A

The final McLaren to feature is a Formula Two 1972 McLaren M21, also offered without reserve, estimated to sell for between €130,000-200,000.

1972 McLaren M21

There are Tyrrells, too, including the 1975 Tyrrell 007 driven by Scheckter in 12 races during 1975-76, including a third place at the 1975 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Complete with its legendary Ford-Cosworth DFV engine and Hewland gearbox, this example is offered without reserve and estimated to sell for between €650,000-900,000.

1975 Tyrrell 007 

The other Tyrrell is a 2008 reconstruction of a six-wheeled P34 using a period chassis, €450,000-650,000.

2008 Tyrrell P34

Scheckter’s 1977 Wolf WR1 was raced by the South African in five Grands Prix, and later by another future World Champion, Keke Rosberg. It is estimated at €450,000-650,000.

1977 Wolf WR1 

Also in the sale will be a 1974 Trojan T101 (€65,000-100,000), a 1973 Rondel Motul M1 (€65,000-100,000), 1971 Merlyn Mk21 (€35,000-55,000), and a 1969 Merlyn Mk11a (€45,000-65,000).

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