How Much is the Ferrari Team Van From RUSH Worth?

Ron Howard’s highly anticipated film RUSH debuts in just a few weeks, and now some of the paraphernalia from the film is starting to hit the open market. This 1979 Renault Estafette appeared in the movie as Niki Lauda’s team van, and it’s being auctioned this weekend by Silverstone Auctions at Laverstoke Park Farm in the UK on Sunday, August 25th.  The film chronicles the events of the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, and the 1976 World Championship at Fuji, so naturally, the 1979 Renault is a bit of a continuity error, but in approved Ferrari livery, it definitely looks the part.

Transporter2

Silverstone estimates that the van will sell anywhere between £15,000 and £20,000, which is strong money for a 1970s work van. But there’s a market for both movie cars and for racing workhorses. Here’s a look at prices for a few other vehicles that fit that mold:

1956 Fiat Series 306/2 Grand Prix Transporter 

Shelby

This one covers both the movie car and the authentic racing team vehicle interest groups. It was originally commissioned as a Formula One race team transporter for Maserati. It was briefly used to haul Lance Reventlow’s Scarab racing cars, before it hit the big-time as Carroll Shelby’s race transporter.

Shelby American purchased it in 1962, with the intent of using it to transport Shelby’s team of Cobra Daytona coupes to Le Mans and other stops along the Sports Car World Championship roster in Europe.

RELATED: 5 Best Movie Car Chases of All Time

In the summer of 1970, it earned its Screen Actors Guild card, playing three roles alongside Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans. It was painted in Ferrari and Renault/Mirage colors before it was finally used as the Porsche transporter, with Gulf liveried Porsche 917s on its ramps.

It sold at the 2012 RM Auction in Monterey for $990,000.

1959 Fiat Tipo 682/RN-2 Transporter

Ferrari Transporter

In 1960, this Fiat was the largest member of the Scuderia Ferrari. It was one of two used by the team, converted by Carrozzeria Bartoletti at Ferrari’s behest. The conversions included both a small workshop and sleeping quarters.

After its tour of duty with Ferrari, the van was purchased in 1970 for use in by a Venetian circus promoter, touring all over Italy. Within a few years, it was retired and stored, until it surfaced again 20 years later, largely complete. In 1995, it was purchased by southern California classic car specialists, and sent to a bus specialist in Modena for restoration.

RELATED: The 7 Worst Movie Cars

Five years and countless hours of research went into its restoration, and when it was sold at the Gooding Auction at Pebble Beach in 2011, it managed to change hands for $990,000.

1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle

BMC

In the 1960s, BMC’s Competitions Department was on fire, competing in rallies and races all over the world. It needed support vehicles that not only provided space for cars and mechanics, but acted as a rolling advertisement for the program.

The BMC Support Vehicle featured styling by Pininfarina, and had significant styling cues that separated them from run-of-the-mill BMC utility vehicles. Side panels and side windows were unique, as were the long tailfins that appeared on BMC vehicles of the era. The body was constructed of alloy, and had an inner “monococque”-style structure from which the sheetmetal hung.

A Perkins six-cylinder diesel engine provided the power, and a two-speed rear axle allowed it to climb steep grades. The banjo steering wheel had a similar look to those found in MGs and Austin-Healeys from the era. Racing buckets held the driver and passenger in place.

When it was new, this van was part of the MG display stand at the 1964 Chicago Auto Show. RM Auctions sold it in 2010 at its Automobiles of Arizona auction for $55,000.

--

Did you know that you can get stories like this on the Yahoo mail app?
Download it here.

Latest News

  • A huge responsibility, burden to be star kid: Mahaakshay Chakraborty

    Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty's son Mahaakshay, who has so far failed to strike a chord in Hindi showbiz, says it's a huge responsibility and a burden to be the child of a star. Mahaakshay, who had entered the industry with the name Mimoh, told IANS: "It's not easy for the star kids. …

  • Not going to Cannes to set any trend: Katrina

    New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Katrina Kaif is ready to make her red carpet debut at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival, but the actress says she intends to enjoy the platform, which weaves cinema, fashion and beauty together, instead of fretting over her looks. The "Bang Bang!" actress will walk the red carpet at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival as the ambassador of cosmetic brand L'Oréal Paris, and to be a part of the opening ceremony of the film gala on May 13. …

  • Manisha thanks Modi for support after quake

    Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, who has her roots in Nepal, has thanked India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for quickly coming to Nepal's help after the devastating earthquake. "Commendable job by the Indian gov(ernment) to quickly send help...cannot thank enough!!!" read a post on the Twitter page of the actress, the granddaughter of B.P. Koirala, Nepal's first elected prime minister. …

  • Hey, that's my cappuccino! Coyote captured outside lower Manhattan cafe

    Police captured a young, female coyote outside a cafe in a residential area of lower Manhattan on Saturday, the latest in a series of coyote sightings in New York City, where an increasing number of the predators are making their home. An emergency operator fielded a 911 call early Saturday morning reporting a coyote sighting at North Cove Marina near Battery Park City, said Detective Annette Markowski, spokeswoman for the New York Police Department. It was placed in a cage and transported …

  • Abercrombie & Fitch to ditch 'sexualized marketing' - Washington Post
    Abercrombie & Fitch to ditch 'sexualized marketing' - Washington Post

    Retail clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch will end by July its "sexualized marketing," after years of blanketing its web sites, store windows and shopping bags with photos of half-naked men, according to the Washington Post. It will also stop using shirtless models or lifeguards at events and store openings for both the Abercrombie & Fitch and the Hollister brands, the newspaper reported late Friday, citing an announcement. Abercrombie & Fitch had come under fire in recent years for its …

  • Now out, Bruce Jenner shines spotlight on transgender inequality
    Now out, Bruce Jenner shines spotlight on transgender inequality

    By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In coming out as a transgender woman, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and TV reality star Bruce Jenner made clear that while he is keen to help raise awareness about problems faced by the community, he is not self-appointing himself as a spokesman. During a groundbreaking interview on ABC Friday night, Jenner made a case for the transgender community's fight in the United States for equality, a safer society and more acceptance and understanding - in …

  • Hope 'Nach Baliye' clears my doubts about reality shows: Chetan Bhagat

    New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Scripted and staged fights are thought to be synonymous with reality shows. Now, author Chetan Bhagat, who will be judging dance reality TV show "Nach Baliye 7", is on a quest to find out the truth for himself. He hopes his own doubts and perception about reality shows are cleared. "I was skeptical of reality shows, and I informed Ekta (Ekta Kapoor, producer of the TV show) about it. …

  • Modern lyrics not up to the mark: Annu Kapoor

    Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Actor Annu Kapoor, who entertains listeners via radio show "Suhaana Safar", says the lyrics of modern day songs are "not upto the mark" and certain songs only contain "rhyming and nothing else". Annu's show on 92.7 BIG FM has gained a lot of popularity in Delhi and Mumbai. …

Loading...