After a run of seven years with McLaren, Lewis Hamilton transitioned to Mercedes, known as the ‘Silver Arrows’, in 2013. His pivotal role in the team facilitated their record-breaking title victories, with Hamilton personally clinching six more drivers’ crowns.
While it was in 2014, with the introduction of the 1.6-litre turbo hybrid V6 engines, that Mercedes truly excelled, Hamilton chalked up significant victories in their maiden year together. Specifically, his triumph at the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix remains a highlight.
That particular car, the Mercedes W04 chassis #4, was the vehicle Hamilton drove to victory in Budapest. This car is set to be the pièce de résistance at an auction organised by RM Sotheby’s in Las Vegas on 17th November, coinciding with the F1 weekend.
Expected to draw significant bids, this Hamilton-driven Mercedes F1 car, known as the W04-04, holds a pre-auction estimate of $10-15 million or £8.2-12.4 million. This is the first time any of Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 cars have been up for public sale.
RM Sotheby’s global head of private sales, Shelby Myers, offered a breakdown of the allure that Mercedes Silver Arrows hold. “In terms of automotive excellence, few compare to the Mercedes Silver Arrows,” he stated.
Illustrating his point, Myers highlighted the $29.6 million sale of the Mercedes W196 making it the most valuable F1 car ever sold. Notably, the Mercedes-Benz Uhlenhaut Coupe, bringing in a staggering $142 million, further underscored the brand’s value and recognition.
On the auction of the W04, Myers underscored its place in history, saying, “This car’s relevance is impossible to overstate.”
Myers likened the successful partnership of Hamilton and Mercedes to legendary sporting duos, comparing it to Jordan and the Bulls, Brady and the Patriots, and Messi and Argentina. The importance of this car being the first of Hamilton’s victories for Mercedes, marks the genesis of Mercedes‘ most dominant period, referred to by Myers as the “Hamilton-Mercedes dynasty”.
Myers also highlighted the car’s potential significance beyond the racing circle: “Given the exclusive lineage, the combination of Lewis and the W04 enhances its value far beyond just an F1 car. This piece could be one of the most sought-after collectibles soon.”
In other notable lots, Tom Brady’s final game-worn Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL jersey is up for grabs expected to fetch up to £2m.
RM Sotheby’s will also auction off a trove of significant trophies, race suits, helmets, steering wheels and other collectibles from Nigel Mansell‘s private collection, the 1992 F1 world champion this weekend. Notable items include three GP winner’s trophies from both 1986 and 1987, and his 1992 Monaco GP second place trophy, commemorating the renowned showdown between Mansell and McLaren driver, Ayrton Senna.