The opportunity for a particularly wealthy Formula One fan to own a piece of motorsport history has presented itself in the form of three Beatrice Haas F1 cars advertised for sale in the UK.
The British-based website Motorsport Auctions currently has the Haas F1 cars listed at £500,000 (~$810,000 AUD) for the lot, which works out at about $270,000 AUD each. Not bad if you want to build your own F1 team from the ‘80s.
One of the trio, the THL1, is a year older than the other two, and was built with a Hart 4-cylinder turbo engine which produced about 560kW. This wasn’t enough power for the Haas team, and Australian racing legend Alan Jones, the team’s main driver, was unable to race to his full potential.
A year later in 1986, the Ford-Cosworth V6 was used in the other two cars in the trio, the THL2s. Jones drove one car, while Haas had another driver by the name of Patrick Tambay take the wheel of the second.
The seller says that the cars have not been raced since being retired at the end of 1987, but have been tested and run at events.
“After their active Formula 1 careers all five of the cars produced by FORCE for the 1985 and ’86 seasons ended up in private collections,” Duncan Hamilton & Co says.
“The trio we have here were amassed over a number of years by a respected historic racer and collector, with two being rebuilt by Geoff Page to full race-ready condition.
While sourcing the trio, a mind boggling spares package was also been amassed, and truly needs to be seen to be believed.”
Main Photo Credit (Alan Jones): Jerry Lewis-Evans