- Apr 12, 2010
eBay Find of the Day: Court-siezed Brawn GP/USF1 transport trailers
ex-USF1/ex-Brawn/ex-Honda transport trailers – Click above for image gallery
Want to start your own Formula One team? There's space on the grid next season since USF1 failed to make it this year, and we wish you better luck. But it takes more than luck to start a team from scratch. It takes a lot of know-how, a lot of money, and a lot of equipment. That's where this auction comes in.
About half of the grand prix races on the calendar are based in Europe, so when they're not flying around the world to far-off destinations, F1 teams spend a lot of time on the road. That's why the spec out their own trailers, to shuttle their personnel and equipment from track to track across the old continent. When USF1 was gearing up for their ill-fated endeavor, they bought a pair of trailers from the World Champion Brawn GP team (having apparently been used by the Honda team beforehand) before they evidently got new ones through their acquisition by Mercedes-Benz.
The trailers – which were supposed to be repainted in red, white and blue – never made it that far in USF1's hands. The team ultimately shut down, and this pair of trailers was seized by the courts in the UK. Now the local sheriff's department has put them up for sale on eBay Motors. They come equipped with all the bells and whistles, including place for three race cars, elevator platforms to unload them engineering offices, generators, on-board metal lathe milling machine...the works. They don't, however, come with the tractors to pull them, or the cars they're meant to transport...or a matching Bugatti Veyron for that matter. Reportedly worth some £300,000 (nearly half a million dollars) apiece when new, each is selling without reserve to the highest bidder, with current bid prices at the time of writing standing at £16,100 ($25k) and £12,900 ($20k) respectively. Check 'em out in the auction listing for all the details. Thanks to everyone for the tips!
[Source: eBay Motors (trailer 1, trailer 2) via Autosport]