SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A 1998 Ferrari Formula One test car driven by Michael Schumacher sold for seven figures this weekend during the annual Barrett-Jackson auction here.
The beautiful sound of the F-1 engine drew a round of applause from the crowd, as did mention of the seven-time world champion, who remains in a coma, listed in stable condition, following a Dec. 29 skiing accident.
This car, which was driven 38 times around the world by Schumacher, was the third chassis off the assembly line of nine total F300s (Chassis number 183) and is widely credited as one of the most important of the principle test cars during early proving sessions.
This Ferrari took part in Ferrari F1 Clienti events in Mugello this past April and appeared at Imola in June and at the Ferrari Finals in November.
Accompanied by its Classiche certificate and Ferrari documents showing the car was driven by Schumacher, this car is a piece of Formula One history. It was fully restored by Ferrari and is eligible for a number of historic events.
When the bidding was done, the Ferrari sold for a hefty price of $1.7 million.