Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes flops at auction, Tesla sells for $158,000

Two cars linked to Michael Schumacher went up for auction in Paris recently.

One of the two Michael Schumacher-linked cars up for auction has failed to go for the price initially expected.

The Tesla Roadster used by Schumacher together with Sebastian Vettel for their 2010 Race of Champions success attracted a bid of $158,000 at Les Grandes Marques du Mond in Paris, just under $7,000 over what was expected to be the minimum offer.

2010 was one of six consecutive Race of Champions that the seven-time Formula 1 world champion achieved with Vettel between 2007-2012.

However, the other car up for sale – the C63 AMG estate given to him upon his arrival at the Mercedes team in 2010 – did not do so well.

Expected to be sold for around $110,000 in France, the car only managed to reel in $31,600 – the sort of price typical of a used model of the car irrespective of its star-studded previous ownership.

The sale of the 53-year-old’s cars comes after Fernando Alonso, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen all put cars up for auction.

Alonso’s 2004 R24 F1 car was auctioned on 2 February for £217,000, complete with the chassis used for the final three rounds of the year that saw the Spaniard finish fourth in the Drivers’ Championship.

The car won one race in 2004 through Jarno Trulli in Monaco, and ultimately attracted over £100,000 less than originally anticipated.

Verstappen, meanwhile, placed his Honda Civic Type-R up for sale for €33,333, representing his driver number, and all proceeds will go to Red Bull’s Wings for Life spinal cord research charity.

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“I am very pleased to have been able to sell my car for such a good cause as Wings for Life. I hope the new owner enjoys the car as much as I have,” said the Dutchman.

Kimi Raikkonen recently put his personalised Ferrari F12 up for sale, with the starting price sitting at about £2 million.