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Jean Alesi’s 1991 Ferrari F1 car headlines Bonhams’ Willi Balz collection sale

Jean Alesi’s 1991 Ferrari F1 car headlines Bonhams’ Willi Balz collection sale Classic and Performance Car

Bonhams to present a single-owner collection of cars and motorcycles, sold via a sealed bidding format.

Willi Balz collection, which contains 42 cars and motorcycles, will be on display in Stuttgart Germany on the 21st and 22nd September, with Bonhams accepting bids for the vehicles by tender. The sale will conclude the following Tuesday five days later. 
Headlining the eclectic collection is the Ferrari F1-91, driven by French Formula 1 veterans Jean Alesi and Alain Prost in the 1991 Formula 1 season. Leading the collection, the otherwise known 642 is estimated at €300,000-€600,000.
The car was developed by the famous Modena based racing team under the premiership of designers Steve Nichols and Jean-Claude Migeot. The F1-91 was an evolution of its predecessor the 641 used in the previous season. Unable to collect any victories during the 1991 championship, this rounded off a disappointing season for Scuderia Ferrari.
The aforementioned Ferrari is one of three Formula one cars up for sale in this coveted collection. A brainchild of famous Mini-tinkerer John Cooper, a 1966 Cooper-Maserati T81 that debuted at the 1966 Syracuse F1 GP, has an estimate between €300,000-€400,000. 
The final Formula 1 car listed is a British Racing Motors P133 that competed alongside the above T81. Managing to claim four podiums under the steam of a 3.0-litre V12 engine it's estimated at €300,000-€400,000.
Also featuring is a beautifully coachbuilt 1930s Alvis Special single-seater, with an estimate between €120,000-€150,000.
Four-wheels aren’t the only focus of the large collection. A band of motorcycles include a vintage 1924 Henderson De Luxe Four Combination, 1957 Norton Manx Model 40 Racing Motorcycle and a 1974 Kawasaki 500 Mach III. Estimates for the trio of bikes range from between €5000-€35,000.

Words: Lee Stern

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