Auctionata offers Jochen Rindt’s Brabham racer, as well as many other classics
Jochen Rindt’s iconic Brabham BT23 racing car has come up for auction in Germany. This is one of the only three surviving Brabham cars from the Formula 2 series. The car comes along with fantastic provenance and was used by Rindt between 1967 and 1968. It is to be sold by the Auctionata online auction house, on 26 June.
The German born driver won 6 Grands Prix and achieved 13 podium finishes over the course of his career. He is also the only driver to ever win a Formula 1 championship posthumously, following a mid-season crash that sadly took his life.
The documentation shows the races and dates that Rindt used the car in; out of the 15 races that Rindt entered with this car, it came first in nine of them, and second in four more. After the cars use by Rindt it was lent to Denny Hulme, however he crashed it into another Brabham whilst racing – causing substantial damage. After changing ownership a couple more times the Brabham was finally restored back to its original condition.
The vehicle comes complete not only with a comprehensive history, detailing all of the previous owners and races, but also its original logbook. It’s not great condition, but s sold in a ready-to-race condition. However its price reflects this as the starting bid will be €180,000, while it’s estimated to actually sell for between €360,000 and €500,000.
Alongside this classic racer many other high-end cars are up for sale at the Auctionata’s Berlin auction. These include a 1977 Lancia Stratos HF which is estimated to go for between €360,000 and €450,000. A 1956 Ford Thunderbird is also being offered, which is expected to sell for between €40,000 and €50,000.
Another unique feature of the auction is the Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5, which was owned by the German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, who invented the V-2 rocket and the Saturn-V. Throughout his incredibly interesting life he went from building rockets for Nazi Germany to working for NASA, and owned several Mercedes along the way. It’s estimated at between €80,000 and €100,000.
The online auction will take place in Berlin on Friday 26 June and will also include many other exciting and varied cars.