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Niki Lauda’s first F1 car to star at Coys’ sale

Niki Lauda’s first Formula 1 car is one of more than 60 enticing classics on offer at Coys’ True Greats sale, taking place in London on 2 December.

The March Engineering monoposto was used at the start of the 1971 season by Lauda’s team mate Ronnie Peterson in the Kylami, Monaco and Zandfort races. It then became his spare after he gained a newer model for the German Grand Prix.

This is when it became the career opener for Lauda after he became the team’s second works driver. He went on to win the World Championship title three times.

The car has been owned, and raced, by a private collector since 1973. There is no estimated sale figure, but it could fetch £500,000. F1 cars have proved popular this year - a 1978 ex-Reutemann and Villeneuve 1978 F1 car sold at the Bonhams Quail Lodge, USA sale in August achieved more than of £1.4 million.

The Niki Lauda F1 car was used to spread some Christmas cheer days before it was due to go under the hammer. Driven by Coys MD Chris Routledge, it was used on 26 November to deliver some early Christmas presents to youngsters at Richard House, London’s first children’s hospice.

It then went on to the main Richard House site in Beckton, to be the star attraction at a young adults’ Games Evening on 27 November.

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By Claire Evans

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