Nigel Mansell is one of the iconic race drivers who have become household names even to non-racing fans. The British racer won the Formula 1 World Championship in 1992, and in 1993 took the Indy Car World Series title on his debut season. Mansell has recently partnered with RM Sotheby’s to offer a huge collection of his motorsport-related items in an upcoming online auction taking place on 4–11 October.
The “Nigel Mansell’s Legacy Collection” consists of 330 lots and all of them were on display in his private museum on Jersey. Some of the most important items from the action are the trophies and awards Mansell won throughout his entire racing career, beginning from his days in karting to F1, IndyCar and awards of recognition, including the 1992 British Grand Prix trophy and more. Then there are over 30 helmets, 50 race suits, plenty of caps that he wore during his racing heydays.
Some of the lots are pretty peculiar to say the least, including a petrol pump with Nigel Mansell from 1992, a commemorative Japanese crystal dagger that doesn’t come with the background of its origin, an unopened bottle of champagne for the 1991 Silverstone Grand Prix “Driver of the Day”, and a random Ferrari suitcase, but knowing these items are truly from the legendary driver himself does give a sense of assurance. Then items such as the 1988 Honda ST-70 Formula 1 paddock motorbike and the one-off custom ‘Il Leone’ BMW R18 go beyond the memorabilia category.
Items from the Nigel Mansell’s Legacy Collection can be view online. As all the lots are offered without reserve they are more accessible than you can imagine, so do take this chance to own a piece of racing history.