• Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
There isn't much in the world that can aurally match the screeching wail of a Formula 1 car at redline. We obviously can't say whether or not the showmanship of starting this 1998 Ferrari F300 in front of the assembled masses at Barrett-Jackson and slowly taking it up to its 18,000-rpm redline had any effect on bidders, but it did, at the very least, result in a round of applause.

This '98 Ferrari F300 was driven 38 times by Michael Schumacher, and there was another round of applause for the driver, who's currently in a medically induced coma and listed in stable condition after a skiing accident. This particular example is number three of nine total built for the '98 season. Power comes from a 3.0-liter V10 engine producing 805 horsepower at 17,500 rpm.

After it was all said and done, bidding ended at $1.7 million (plus another 10 percent in fees). Check out our live images from the auction floor above, and scroll down below for a spine-tinglingly loud auction video and to read its official description.


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Car chasis no. 183. 805bhp, 2,997cc DOHC V10 engine, 7-speed button-shift transmission, independent front and rear push rod activated torsion arm suspension and 4-wheel ventilated carbon-ceramic composite disc brakes. Wheelbase: 116.25". The precursor to Ferrari's millennial F1 dominance. On January 7, 1998 Ferrari debuted a car that would change the company's racing future in Maranello, Italy. It is arguably one of the most important cars in Ferrari F1 race history. The 1998 Ferrari F300 played a crucial role in the Italian car company's return to dominance in F1 racing, setting up legendary driver Michael Schumacher to win five world championships. Driven 38 times around the world by Schumacher, this third chassis off the assembly line of nine total F300s (Chassis number 183) is widely credited as one of the most important of the principle test cars during early proving sessions. It is no coincidence that Ferrari had six consecutive winning seasons after the introduction of this car. It should be noted that Schumacher won six races and had 11 total podiums in 1998 alone. It is a rare occasion when such an important piece of racing history, a truly pivotal chapter in Ferrari's dominance in the F1 sport, is offered for sale at auction. What made this car special was its novel aerodynamic design approach which, in the years to come, would ensure Ferrari's superiority over its rivals. This chassis 183 F300 met those demands. Powering this car was the new Tipo 047, a V10 engine with opposing cylinders set at an 80-degree angle and capable of 805hp @ 17,500rpm. In 2011, it was once again invited to take part in Ferrari F1 Clienti events in Mugello in April followed by an appearance at Imola in June and then at the Ferrari Finals in November. The car is in pristine condition. It is worthy of being displayed in the Smithsonian, toured with world-class events, donated to charitable causes, kept in private collections or driven with the Ferrari F1 Clienti Program. Accompanied by its Classiche certificate and Ferrari documents showing the car was driven by Michael Schumacher 38 times, this car has been fully restored by Ferrari and is eligible for a number of historic events. As an actual verified Ferrari that has been piloted by seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher. We believe the 1998 F300 Chassis 183 was an integral part in re-establishing Scuderia Ferrari's dominance in Formula 1 racing. Michael Schumacher's five championships with Ferrari began with the time he spent driving this car.


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      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great year in F1. Surprised it sold for only that amount.
        Col. Kurtz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Schumacher is the greatest F1 driver of all time & a real gentleman off the track. $1.7M was a steal. This Ferrari will be worth much more in the near future.
      Kozzy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whom ever bought this piece of art, got it for a steal. I am shocked that it sold for so little. I wonder if this F300 were to be auctioned off in UAE, Europe or Asia, would it have fetched a higher price?
      charles
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would love to drive this car to my office.
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would have been worth +$1M more had it been in '98 Hungary spec. One of his best drives ever.
      L
      • 1 Year Ago
      What kind of mileage does it get on the highway?
      TruthHertz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only 1.7 million? I would have told them to hit the slopes...
        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TruthHertz
        Because it was a test car is the reason it sold for just 1.7m but it will get more valuable in the future.
      bryan40oop
      • 1 Year Ago
      I highly doubt this car was capable of 18k rpm in these years....
        Surya De
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bryan40oop
        f1technical.net check it out. You will be surprised.
        PossibleHero
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bryan40oop
        Lol why because because of all the trips to the food market and general wear/tear its been experiencing on the 101? These types of cars are meticulously maintained, I'm sure it hit 18,000rpm EASILY!
      jsg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Spine tingling? Seriously? Poor choice of descriptive words considering the situation.
      Go-Gods
      • 1 Year Ago
      0:18 "...8000 rpm..." not 18000rpm.
      ariel89
      • 1 Year Ago
      really bj?
      Steven
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bargain price for this thing, IMHO. The B-J crowd primarily shows up for the muscle cars every year. This would have been better received at an RM or Bonham's auction. Different crowd.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      This sux without the video….
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Meh…the wankers at BJ blipped the throttle a half a dozen times. See YouTube. Long way from 18K rpm.
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