What do you do when you get binned by Ferrari’s Formula 1 team? Well, if you’re former F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, you sell off everything that reminds you of your former love.
The German ace, who now drives for Aston Martin’s new F1 team, has put up a staggering five Ferraris for sale — almost all of them being blue-chip, top tier models from the brand’s iconic history. The sale is part of an eight-car collection exodus for Vettel, with each car listed on UK enthusiast listing site Tom Hartley Jnr.
The three most significant Ferraris are an F50, Enzo, and LaFerrari. Each is in sublime condition and naturally wears an extra layer of heritage in having been formerly owned by a world champion.
The 1996 F50 was purchased by Vettel in 2015 when he signed with Ferrari, and has just 6939km on the clock. The 2016 LaFerrari is essentially new, with under 500km indicated. No odometer reading is supplied for the Enzo, however Tom Hartley Jnr describes it as “the finest example offered for sale anywhere”.
“This particular car was specified with medium racing seats and Rosso instrument dials,” the site says of the Enzo. “Originally [and very fittingly] it was delivered to Germany before being purchased by Sebastian and imported into Switzerland where it has remained ever since within his collection. The car also benefits from a fantastic service history from new and Ferrari ‘Red Book’ Classiche certification confirming it still retains its original chassis, body, engine and gearbox.”
I zero in on the Enzo because it’s the only one the three that’s still actually for sale. As quickly as they were listed, the F50 and LaFerrari were sold off. Prices, both on live listings and on sold listings, aren’t published, with the former available on request.
The two other Ferraris for sale from Vettel’s collection are a 2016 F12TdF and a 2015 458 Speciale. The former is painted Giallo tripoli strato yellow, and comes with an embroidered Vettel logo in the headrests, reminding you of its heritage. The Speciale meanwhile goes down as one of the last naturally aspirated V8 Ferraris ever produced, and appears to be Vettel’s most driven Ferrari — having indicated over 3000km on its last service.
The other three former Vettel cars for sale are a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, an SL65 AMG Black, and a BMW Z8. The SLS and Z8 come with prices attached of £175,000 ($337,505) each. The SLS shouldn’t be expected to last long, given that it’s a one-owner vehicle — Vettel having bought it new in 2010.