One of two surviving Jordan EJ12 F1 cars going to auction

And the other one is in the Honda museum in Japan

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Only two of the five Jordan EJ12 Formula 1 racing cars still exist, and the other one is in the Honda museum | The Market photos

The first of five 2002 Jordan Honda EJ12 Formula One racing cars is going up on The Market, an online British auction company, starting September 22.

The car, formerly tested and raced by two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato, is one of only two Jordan EJ12s surviving (the other one is in the Honda museum in Japan). The car going to auction is expected to sell for £150,000 to £250,000 ($195,000 to $325,000) in the auction, which closes on September 29.

“The car offers prospective owners entry into some of the most prestigious historic motorsport events around the world,” the auction house reported. 

What’s more, thanks to an engine change, an extensive spares and garage set-up package, the car’s new owner will be able to unleash and enjoy the thrilling performance of the car at events, almost single-handed.

“With the engine changes that have been made, the car is much more useable than most top flight race cars, meaning that the new owner can practically turn up to events alone and enjoy it’s stunning performance,” added Tristan Judge, The Market director.

For Eddie Jordan’s team, the car raced with Honda power, but has been fitted with a Judd KV8 Zytec S3000 Formula 3000 engine mated with a five-speed Lola/Hewland paddle-shift gearbox, the auction company said. 

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“The modifications mean the car still retains blistering performance but is significantly cheaper to run and much more useable. Indeed, the car was treated to a fresh engine rebuild in 2016-17, only 500 kilometers ago, and with a predicted life of around 5,000 kilometers.

“The lack of the real engine also brings the car’s value to a point that is far more attainable for wealthy enthusiasts to enjoy.”

The Jordan EJ12 will be sold with spare wheels, tires and suspension components, as well as a variety of tools.

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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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