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When Ross Brawn took over the artist formerly known as Honda F1, the other Formula 1 teams voted to allow Brawn GP to receive the commercial revenue owed to Honda. That was before Brawn started winning, oh, everything. The reversal came when the FIA declared Brawn an entirely new team and Renault's Flavio Briatore declared Brawn shouldn't get any money -- so Brawn didn't get the twenty million pounds it was expecting.

Now Brawn has decided to sell its Honda and BAR Racing heritage collection. The cars and collectibles span the 2001 to 2006 seasons and were piloted by Villeneuve, Button, and Barichello. With a 2001 BAR chassis pegged at something like £7,000 ($11,528 US), the sale won't come anywhere close to the £20,000,000 from the lost commercial revenue.

The sale is said to be about raising money, but we imagine that's only part of the case. Brawn has already said "we have the budget and the people to win the championship," and the team knocked back Virgin sponsorship because Sir Richard Branson wasn't offering enough. All of that makes this sale sound just as much about housecleaning and out-with-the-old as it is about money.

[Source: Five FWD]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      If I win the lottery between now & July, I'll be at Silverstone on the 25th.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This cost as much as my guitar collection O.o; If I win the lottery, I too will join at Silverstone tagging along. Anyone want to volunteer to be my pit crew? :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      How much for the steering wheel from Button's 2006 Australia car? I could watch that pole lap every day...
      • 5 Years Ago
      it's an auction..that price is the STARTING price
      • 5 Years Ago
      Start saving up! (or withdrawing)
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's cheaper than the Fit.

      The chassis seriously cannot go for that price, or they're idiots. I would pay that to have the car sit in my living room. Maybe instead of selling them at one dumb price, they should auction them to the highest bidder.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Maybe instead of selling them at one dumb price, they should auction them to the highest bidder."

        Isn't that what they are doing????
        There is an auction, they are not selling everything in one huge lot, but is also doesn't sound like they are breaking every car into small pieces either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to see Villneuve get his car back so it could be on display in Montreal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      $12K for an f1 chassis? i'd pay that!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think it would be worth it to sell off their history if they are going to get nothing for it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        well yes in some respect it is their history...reading in between the lines; Brawn is and was pretty much Honda F1 all the way up until mercedes got the special treatment to be the only company to provide an engine to an extra team.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Their history stinks! Heck, even Honda would like to forget they were ever back in F1.

        Personally, the only car worth having is the original BAR car with the split paint job (and I don't know how much design it borrowed from the final Tyrrell F1 car). I don't know if Brawn would have it though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, I would love me one of those BAR Lucky Strike cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if Honda is shooting themselves yet?!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Poor Flav is still upset that he isn't a team owner like Ross Brawn.
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