Raikkonen race car and Seasick Steve VW up for auction

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Coys auctions Raikkonen race car and Seasick Steve VW
Coys

Classic cars are all about provenance – the story behind the machine. And stories don't come much bigger than a racing car owned by a Formula One world champion and a VW Camper owned by an American blues and folk singer.

These are two of the cars going up for sale at the Coys Autosport sale in Birmingham's NEC on January 10. A 2000 Tatuus Formula Renault raced by Kimi Raikkonen, seeing the Finn take the championship title having won seven out of 10 races, is one of the vehicles up for sale.

The ex-F1 world champion raced the car as part of Manor Motorsport in 2000 before the car was raced by British driver Leighton Walker and subsequently retired in 2001. Manor Motorsport then rebuilt the car in 2005, though it still has its original engine, gearbox and chassis. With no reserve bidders could bag themselves a bargain, though we imagine that competition for this machine will be fierce.

One thing that blues musician Seasick Steve's Volkswagen Splitscreen Camper definitely doesn't have, is racing pedigree. This late 1967 Splitscreen model spent most of its life in some of the drier US states – thus escaping many of the rust problems experienced by UK models.

Raikkonen and Seasick Steve cars up for auction

Raikkonen and Seasick Steve cars up for auction


It was then imported into the country by Seasick Steve around a decade ago. While owned by the artist, this 11-window Combi was upgraded with lengthened gearing for comfortable motorway cruising and a beefier 1.6-litre engine. As for the interior, this van features green leather seats, varnished wooden cabinets and a fold-away double bed and table.

If this sounds like your kind of machine, you'll have to dig deep, as this classic green-hued 'bus is predicted to sell for £30,000 to £35,000 with its hippy credentials boosted by its musician ex-owner.