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Mansell Indycar fetches over AU$1.5 million at auction

THE car that Nigel Mansell drove to his first-up Indycar win at Surfers Paradise in 1993 has sold for over AU$1.5 million at auction.

A massive collection of Newman/Haas Indycars and memorabilia went under the hammer on Saturday in RM Sotheby’s ‘The House that Newman/Haas built’ auction at Carl Haas’ former race shop in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

The 77 lots included 42 Indycars that spanned the Carl Haas and Paul Newman-owned squad’s 29 seasons at the top level of American open-wheel racing, from its title-winning years in the CART and Champ Car World Series through to its final days as Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing in the unified IndyCar Series.

The Mansell car, Lola T93/00 chassis HU05, was the first Indycar that the Englishman raced following his sensational defection from Formula 1 – where he was reigning world champion – to the United States-based series for 1993.

Mansell claimed pole position for this first Indycar race in 1993 at Surfers Paradise aboard HU05. Pic: an1images.com / Andrew Hall

In all, Mansell drove HU05 to four of his five wins during the 1993 season, including his pole position and the race win at Surfers Paradise in his Indycar debut, plus oval wins at Milwaukee, the Michigan 500 and Nazareth.

The win at Nazareth also secured the overall championship victory, resulting in a one-week period where Mansell held both Formula 1 and Indycar Series titles – a feat never before achieved and unmatched since.

HU05 was retired from race action following its championship win and not driven by Mansell again, although it was used in post-season testing by his Newman/Haas teammate Mario Andretti, newly-crowned Indy Lights Series champion Bryan Herta, and retired racer-turned-TV pundit Derek Daly.

HU05 ahead of the auction. Pic: RM Sotheby’s

Restored to its 1993 livery, HU05 was also sold with a genuine Ford-Cosworth XB engine like those used in period, as well as a workshop manual, laptop and electronic spares.

The Mansell Lola sold for US$995,000 (AU$1,553,024) plus buyer’s premium.

All of the auction’s 77 lots sold for a combined total of US$6,096,800 (AU$9,516,055), with the Mansell car proving the biggest sale.

One of the Lola T800 chassis used by Mario Andretti during the 1984 CART World Series sold for AU$625,892. Pic: RM Sotheby’s

A pair of significant Mario Andretti cars also commanded big dollars in the auction.

One of the Lolas that he drove in 1984 during his final CART title-winning season fetched US$401,000 (AU$625,892), while the the Lola he drove to third place at Surfers Paradise in 1994 – his final podium finish amid his ‘Arrivederci Mario’ farewell season – sold for US$379,000 (AU$591,554).

The Lola that Michael Andretti drove to secure his sole CART title in 1991 sold for US$257,600 (AU$402,069), while title-winning cars driven by Cristiano da Matta and Sebastien Bourdais also fetched between US$196,000 to US$235,000.

The Panoz DP01 driven to the final Champ Car World Series title by Sebastien Bourdais sold for AU$367,107. Pic: RM Sotheby’s

Among the memorabilia items, one of Mansell’s race-used F1 helmets fetched US$90,000 (AU$140,475), while one of his Indycar helmets sold for US$56,400 (AU$88,031).

The full results from the auction are listed below.

Click HERE to see all the listings on RM Sotheby’s.

LotItem DescriptionSale Price (USD)Sale Price (AUD)
101Denver Grand Prix Signed Framed Print$3900$6087
102Energizer/Eveready Framed Serigraph$1560$2435
103Road America Signed Serigraph$13200$20603
104Newman/Haas Racing No. 5 and No. 6 Kmart Cars Framed Oil Painting$3000$4682
105No. 2 McDonald’s and No. 1 PacifiCare Framed Oil Painting$2400$3746
106Newman/Haas Racing No. 5 and No. 6 Cars at Speed Framed Oil Painting$4200$6555
107Newman/Haas Racing No. 6 and No. 11 Pit Crew Oil Painting$7200$11238
108Newman/Haas Racing No. 6 and No. 11 Oil Painting$3600$5619
109Newman/Haas Racing Kmart-Havoline-Lola 1991 PPG Indy Car Champion Team Models with Display Case$18000$28095
110Newman/Haas Racing Kmart/Texaco Havoline Lola Ford Cosworth XB Nigel Mansell Model with Display Case$14400$22476
111Newman/Haas Racing Christian Fittipaldi Lilly-Toyota-Lola #11 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series Model with Display Case$6000$9365
112Newman/Haas Racing Large Scale Mario Andretti No. 5 Model$3600$5619
1131984 Championship Car Owner Newman/Haas Racing PPG Industries Trophy$13200$20603
114Owner’s Cup 1991 Champion Carl Haas PPG Industries Trophy$13200$20603
115Owner’s Cup 1993 Champion Carl Haas PPG Industries Trophy$26400$41206
1162002 CART Champion Trophy$6600$10301
1172004 Champ Car Champion Trophy$6000$9365
1182005 Champ Car Champion Trophy$7200$11238
1192006 Champ Car Champion Trophy$7800$12174
120Mario Andretti Race Worn Gloves$2100$3278
121Mario Andretti Race Worn Suit$10800$16857
122Mario Andretti Race Worn Helmet$30000$46825
123Mario Andretti Race Worn Suit$12000$18730
124Michael Andretti Race Worn Suit$4200$6555
125Michael Andretti Race Worn Suit$13200$20603
126Nigel Mansell Race Worn F1 Helmet$90000$140475
127Nigel Mansell Race Suit$8400$13111
128Nigel Mansell Race Worn Helmet$56400$88031
129Christian Fittipaldi Race Worn Signed Helmet$6600$10301
130Cristiano da Matta Race Worn Helmet with Signed Visor$6600$10301
131Sébastien Bourdais Signed Helmet$9600$14984
132Rolex Reference 16520 ‘Zenith’ Daytona$27000$42142
133Toyota Motorsports Engine with Stand$30000$46825
1341948 MG TC$30240$47199
1351954 Jaguar XK 120 SE Roadster$89600$139850
1362000 MV Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro$34800$54317
1371983 Lola-Cosworth T700$190400$297182
1381984 Lola-Cosworth T800$401000$625892
1391985 Lola-Cosworth T900$201600$314663
1401986 Lola-Cosworth T86/00$196000$305922
1411988 Lola-Chevrolet T88/00$117600$183553
1421989 Lola-Chevrolet T89/00$39200$61184
1431990 Lola-Chevrolet T90/00$44800$69925
1441991 Lola-Chevrolet T91/00$257600$402069
1451991 Lola-Chevrolet T91/00$196000$305922
1461992 Lola-Ford Cosworth T92/00$89600$139850
1471993 Lola-Ford Cosworth T93/00$995000$1553024
1481994 Lola-Ford Cosworth T94/00$78400$122369
1491994 Lola-Ford Cosworth T94/20$379000$591554
1501995 Lola-Ford Cosworth T95/00$72800$113628
1511996 Lola-Ford Cosworth T96/00$70000$109258
1521996 Lola-Ford Cosworth T96/00$67200$104888
1531997 Swift-Ford 007.i$53200$83036
1541997 Swift-Ford 007.i$53200$83036
1551997 Swift-Ford 007.i$44800$69925
1561997 Swift-Ford 007.i$42000$65555
1571998 Swift-Ford 009.c$39200$61184
1581998 Swift-Ford 009.c$39200$61184
1591998 Swift-Ford 009.c$36400$56814
1601999 Swift-Ford 010.c$28000$43703
1611999 Swift-Ford 010.c$25200$39333
1621999 Swift-Ford 010.c$25200$39333
1632000 Lola-Ford B2K/00$33600$52444
1642000 Lola-Ford B2K/00$103600$161702
1652000 Lola-Ford B2K/00$39200$61184
1662001 Lola-Toyota B01/00$78400$122369
1672001 Lola-Toyota B01/00$58800$91777
1682002 Lola-Toyota B02/00$224000$349625
1692004 Lola-Cosworth-Ford B01/00$168000$262219
1702005 Lola-Cosworth-Ford B05/00$201600$314663
1712006 Lola-Cosworth-Ford B02/00$196000$305922
1722007 DP01-Cosworth$235200$367107
1732007 DP01-Cosworth$114800$179183
1742007 Dallara-Honda IR-05$89600$139850
1752007 Ford Fusion NASCAR$42000$65555
1762008 Dallara-Honda IR-05$39200$61184
1772008 Dallara-Honda IR-05$67200$104888
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