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Breaking Records: Lewis Hamilton’s 2013 Mercedes-AMG F1 Car Sells for $18.8 Million

At an exclusive RM Sotheby's auction in Las Vegas, Lewis Hamilton's 2013 Mercedes-AMG F1 W04 achieves a record-breaking sale price.

In a stunning turn of events at the RM Sotheby’s exclusive auction in the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel, Lewis Hamilton’s 2013 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W04 made history by fetching a remarkable sale price of $18.8 million, breaking all previous records for a modern F1 car. This exceptional achievement surpasses the initial estimated value of $10 to $15 million by a significant margin.

Key Takeaways:

  • Lewis Hamilton’s 2013 Mercedes-AMG F1 W04 sold for a record-breaking $18.8 million at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Las Vegas.
  • This sale marks the highest price ever paid for a modern F1 car, exceeding the previous record set by Michael Schumacher’s 2003 Ferrari F2003.
  • While a new record for modern F1 cars, it still falls short of the all-time highest price paid for an F1 car, held by Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1954 Mercedes W196R, which sold for $29.6 million.

Lewis Hamilton’s 2013 Mercedes-AMG F1 W04 holds a special place in the history of Formula 1. Driven by the seven-time F1 world champion during his transition from McLaren to Mercedes, it was a season marked by challenges as he faced the dominance of Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel. Despite the difficulties, the car managed to secure a memorable victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix during that campaign.

This auction result in Las Vegas not only reflects the significance of this car in Hamilton’s career but also highlights the growing interest and demand for iconic Formula 1 memorabilia among collectors.

However, while the auction was a major success, Lewis Hamilton’s performance at the Las Vegas Grand Prix didn’t quite mirror the triumph of his car’s sale. He finished in seventh place and expressed his dissatisfaction with the car’s performance on the new 3.85-mile, 17-turn track, particularly struggling with tire grip.

As Hamilton’s 2013 Mercedes-AMG F1 W04 enters the annals of motorsport history as one of the priciest modern F1 cars ever auctioned, it’s essential to remember that there are even more valuable treasures in the world of automotive auctions. The current record is held by the Mercedes-Benz Uhlenhaut Coupe, which astonishingly sold for a jaw-dropping $142 million. To put this in perspective, that’s roughly equivalent to the cost of acquiring approximately 50 of the 275 limited editions of the Mercedes-AMG One.

In a groundbreaking moment for motorsport enthusiasts and collectors, Lewis Hamilton’s 2013 Mercedes-AMG F1 W04 achieves a record-breaking sale of $18.8 million, reaffirming the allure and value of Formula 1 history.

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