The gorgeous Jordan 196 that Martin Brundle raced in his final F1 season in 1996 is going under the hammer
Another day, another Jordan up for sale. This time it’s the Jordan 196 as raced by Rubens Barrichello and Martin Brundle in what would be his last F1 season before launching into a commentary career (you might have heard of him…)
This particular car is chassis number three, which Brundle drove on 12 occasions in 1996 and scored sixth-place finishes in the European, Canadian, and British Grands Prix. However, perhaps the car’s most notable moment came in the season opener at Albert Park. On the first lap, Brundle hit the back of David Coulthard and Johnny Herbert and spectacularly barrel rolled through the air in an accident not dissimilar to the one Fernando Alonso had at the same corner 20 years later.
Luckily Brundle was fine and since this was the era of spare cars he was able to jog back to the pits, get in the spare Jordan - the very one going up for auction - and take the restart.
Brundle’s second attempt at the race didn’t last very long as he spun off on lap two - full marks for effort, though!
There’s also a slight difference in the way the car looked in Australia to the way it does now. Early in the season Jordan ran its cars in yellow before changing to this striking gold livery after five races.
The 196 is one of the most overlooked Jordans as it didn’t really achieve any of the giant-killing feats the team would become known for and although the gold livery looks smart in photos, it didn’t really stand out on the TV cameras.
Perhaps that’s why this chassis is expected to fetch between €170,000-190,000 when it goes up for auction with RM Sotheby’s in Paris next month - a surprisingly small amount for a working F1 car.
Oh yes, it’s fully working. Many cars from small teams of this era end up having their original engines replaced with Judd engines, but this 196 still has the Peugeot V10 it raced with in period - one of the few believed to still be running.
All images courtesy RM Sotheby’s. To view the full listing, click here.