Bonhams to Sell World Championship-Winning 1989 Sauber-Mercedes C9 at Rétromobile

Chassis no 5, the 1989 World Sports Car Championship-winning Sauber-Mercedes C9, was one of just six cars of its type built during that year. Of the six, it is the only one ever likely to be offered for sale as of the others, three are in the Mercedes museum, one is retained by Sauber and one in a major private American collection. Bonhams’ auctioneers have been appointed to offer this important car for sale at their inaugural Auction of Exceptional Motor Cars at Rétromobile Paris on 9 February 2008.

The car, which will be offered for sale with a variety of spares by Bonhams on behalf of its private Swiss owner, is expected to fetch Euros 1,500,000-2,500,000.

Chassis no 5 was raced to glory in the 1989 World Sports Car Championship by motor racing legends Jean-Louis Schlesser, who clinched the championship title and his Mercedes-Benz team mate and runner-up for the 1989 title that year Jochen Mass. During the 1989 season, the car achieved the following results:

It is also the actual car that holds the world record for a top speed achieved during a race being officially timed at 407 km/h at Le Mans that year with Schlesser at the wheel.

Le Mans 24h, Schlesser/Jabouille/Cudini – 5th place

Jarama 480km, Schlesser/Mass – 1st place;

Nürburgring 480km, Schlesser/Mass – 1st place (and fastest lap);

Donington 480km, Schlesser/Mass – 1st place;

Spa Francorchamps 480km, Schlesser/Mass – (Did Not Finish);

Mexico, Schlesser/Mass -1st place (and fastest lap);

Suzuka, Schlesser/Baldi –1st place.

Chassis no. 5 has been fully serviced by Sauber since and is ‘on the button’ ready to enter historic Group C motorsport events.