Ex-Coulthard, Hakkinen cars headed to auction

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1958 Austin A35 was driven up Goodwood Hill by David Coulthard

Cars driven by former McLaren F1 teammates David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen will cross the block Thursday at Coys’ Thoroughbred & Vintage auction Thursday at Fonwell House, just up the road from the Goodwood Revival meeting in England.

One car is a 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG that Hakkinen drove after he retired from F1 competition. The other is a 1958 Austin A35 that Coulthard drove up the hill in the Goodwood Revival in 2016.

Mike Hakkinen’s post-F1 driver

“The Coulthard-Hakkinen partnership was synonymous of McLaren racing in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and now these two cars driven by them will share the share the spotlight at Coys auction,” Coys chief executive Chris Routledge said in a news release. “This is a rare opportunity to own cars with genuine provenance and a special piece of motorsport history attached to it.”

In addition to Coulthard’s run up the hills at Goodwood, the Austin was driven at the Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge earlier this year by boxer Carl Froch, and frequently has carried its drivers to the podium at vintage racing events.

Coys notes that the car was built in 2016 to HRDC Academy racing series regulations using a 1958 donor vehicle. The recent build and rules “make it highly competitive and easy to drive,” the auction house promised.

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The racing suit worn and signed by Coulthard is included in the car’s sale.

The ’08 CL65 AMG also bears Hakkinen’s autograph.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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