Is F1 authentics: The Home of Formula 1 memorabilia legit?


F1 Authentics gives fans the chance to bid for memorabilia by auction or shop hundreds of ready-to-buy exclusive items

F1 Authentics is the official online memorabilia store of Formula 1. Each item comes complete with a certificate of authenticity. In other words, F1 Authentics is the official authority in F1 memorabilia, offering fans of the sport a chance to own a piece of racing history.

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Products available in the F1 Authentics store include used racewear, helmets, suits, and gloves, as well as products re-engineered from race-used materials, such as tables constructed from Pirelli tires and race engines. Visitors also have the chance to purchase complete race cars.

What kind of F1 cars are available for sale on F1 Authentics?

Most of F1 Authentic’s current inventory is composed of show cars. These are non-functioning race cars that showcase the livery they had when they were raced, on the original chassis. The engine is not included in these show cars. Mika Hakkinen’s 1999 championship-winning show car is for sale as a rolling chassis, as well as the Racing Point from 2019. The Racing Point show car depicts Sergio Perez’s livery.

F1 Authentics also has the Benetton from 1998 for sale as a fully functioning race car. F1 Authentics carries out inspections on the cars when they come in for sale. This particular Benetton underwent an engine overhaul, and the carbon fiber suspension was replaced with new steel, although the original carbon suspension will come with the car. It also features a rebuilt gearbox and new wheel bearings.

How expensive is an F1 car on F1 Authentics?

F1 Authentics might show slim pickings for running race cars, but it stipulates that many of the cars it has aren’t displayed on the website.

Although prices aren’t listed, it certainly is not cheap. Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco Grand Prix-winning McLaren Ford was sold from Bonhams in 2018 for just under $5 million. Depending on who drove it, whether or not it won a race or a particularly famous race, the price could be quite low. Michael Schumacher’s F2004 could fetch a mountain of cash, whereas his teammate Eddie Irvine’s Ferrari would go for a lot less. A vintage F1 car’s price comes down to the engine, and whether or not it’s complete, as it’s the most expensive part of the car.

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