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F1 Champ Jody Scheckter's Collection Including Championship-Winning Ferrari 312 T4 Goes to Auction

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F1 Championship-Winning Ferrari Going to AuctionTom Wood - COURTESY OF RM SOTHEBY'S

South African driver Jody Scheckter won the F1 drivers' championship in 1979 behind the wheel of a Ferrari 312 T4. Now at age 74, he has decided to sell that historic Ferrari along with eleven other cars from his personal collection. The Jody Scheckter Collection will be part of the RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction on May 11.

There are many wonderful cars that Scheckter will be parting ways with, but the headliner is the Ferrari 312 T4. The car is powered by a 3-liter flat-12 engine and competed in nine F1 races during the 1979 season. It won the Belgian, Monaco, and Italian Grands Prix. This car would be Enzo Ferrari’s last Formula 1 drivers’ world championship-winning car. Scheckter purchased the car from Ferrari in November 1982 and has driven it several times since in historic racing events. The pre-auction estimate for the Ferrari is $5,500,000 to $7,000,000.

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Simon Clay - Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

If you don’t have that kind of money, you can bid to own one of the most unusual cars in the history of motorsport, the Tyrrell P34 six-wheeler. This example was built in the 2000s using a period-correct unused chassis. This car is considered chassis number 8. It is going with no reserve and a pre-auction estimate of $490,000 to $700,000.

The list of incredible cars being offered continues with several McLaren race cars. There is the 1973 McLaren M23 F1 car, one of the greatest F1 designs in history. Emerson Fittipaldi won the F1 championship in 1974 and James Hunt in 1976, both behind the wheel of a McLaren M23. The 1971 McLaren M19A that Scheckter drove in his F1 debut at Watkins Glen in 1972 is also crossing the block. The 1972 McLaren M21 F2 car being auctioned is one of only three ever made and this one was built specifically for Scheckter.

Other cars offered for sale include a 1975 Tyrell 007, a 1977 Wolf WR1, a 1973 Rondel Motul M1, a 1974 Trojan T101, a 1969 Merlyn Mk11a, and a 1971 Merlyn Mk21. The only non-open-wheel car in the collection is a 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ. This car raced in the 1961 and 1963 Targa Florio.

Overall, this is an exceptional collection of cars with a combined pre-auction estimate of about $14 million.

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