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Stars and their cars: David Coulthard and Mika HakkinenBack

Cars driven by Formula One racing drivers David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen will go under the hammer next month.

A 1958 Austin A35 driven by Coulthard and a 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG driven by F1 double world champion Mika Hakkinen will be auctioned on September 7.

Chris Routledge, chief executive of auctioneer Coys, said: “The Coulthard-Hakkinen partnership was synonymous of McLaren racing in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and now these two cars driven by them will share the share the spotlight at Coys auction. This is a rare opportunity to own cars with genuine provenance and a special piece of motorsport history attached to it.”

 

1958 Austin A35

This was the first A35 driven by David Coulthard in the St. Marys Trophy at the Goodwood Revival 2016. It was also driven at the Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge this year by world champion boxer Carl Froch. Aside from its celebrity drivers, the car has featured regularly on the Historic Racing Drivers Club (HRDC) podium in both single and two-driver races over the last two years.

It was built for the current vendor by specialist Mike Curtis in 2016 for entry into the Historic Racing Drivers Club Academy racing series using a 1958 donor vehicle. It was built to HRDC Academy regulations and is understood to have optional additions that make it highly competitive and easy to drive. It is estimated to fetch £30,000 to £40,000 and even comes with the historic race suit worn and signed by Coulthard.

 

 

2008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG 

This Mercedes was driven by Hakkinen after he retired from competitive motorsport in 2007.

The car was first registered in April of 2008 by Mercedes-Benz Greenoaks and was fitted with every optional extra imaginable. It has been signed by Hakkinen himself and is estimated at £36,000 to £42,000.

 

 

TV cars

TV featured cars also fighting for the podium at the auction include a 1967 Land Rover Series II from the ITV television drama “Heartbeat”, which is expected to fetch £10,000 – £20,000, and a 1956 Austin Healey BN2 ‘100M Spec’ from the BBC documentary “The car’s the star”, expected to fetch £60,000 – £80,000.

The Series II Land Rover has undergone an extensive restoration. As well as Heartbeat, the car has featured in several magazines and calendars. For the true TV soap fan, the car is even signed by the cast.

This car was subsequently part of the Beaulieu Motor Museum collection and is regularly sought after for photoshoots.

The Healey is believed to have been upgraded to LeMans specification early on in its life and has all of the correct components with upgraded SU carburettors for greater reliability and ease of road use. It appeared on ‘the car’s the star’ documentary with Roger Menadue, Healey’s lead road tester, and has recently been awarded 2nd place in the 2016 Austin Healey Club National Concours d’Elegance.

The cars will be put under the hammer by Coys at its Thoroughbred & Vintage auction at Fonwell House on September 7,  a few miles up the road from the action at the Goodwood Revival meeting in Chichester.

Posted by Beth Rose on 31/08/2017