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Country of origin:Switzerland
Produced from:1987 - 1989
Numbers built:6
Predecessor:Sauber Mercedes C8
Successor:Sauber Mercedes C11
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 07, 2014
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Chassis: 88.C9.05
The penultimate C9 built, this chassus was used by Jochen Mass and Jean-Louis Schlesser to win four of the eight rounds of the 1989 World Championship. It was also used in practice at Le Mans but for the race a T-car was used. After its retirement it was sold to a Swiss collector who held onto it until 2008. It was offered by Bonhams in their Retromobile sale where offers failed to meet the reserve. A month of behind the scenes negotiating eventually resulted in a sale. The price of this rare racing car was believed to be in excess of 1 Million pounds.

There was more good news announced after the sale; the new owner intended to prepare the car for historic racing. In an incredibly short time the C9 was reconditioned and made a victorious debut at the Spa round of the Historic Group C championship. A month later the car was campaigned during the legends race at Le Mans. It has since been a regular in the Group C Championship, although in recent years, it has seen less action as the owner also added a slightly later C11 to his stable.


Chassis details
Major wins
1989 480 km Jarama (Jean-Louis Schlesser / Jochen Mass)
1989 Nurburgring 480 km (Jean-Louis Schlesser / Jochen Mass)
1989 480 km Donington (Jean-Louis Schlesser / Jochen Mass)
1989 480 km Mexico (Jean-Louis Schlesser / Jochen Mass)
1990 480 km Suzuka (Jean-Louis Schlesser / Mauro Baldi)
Last known location British Historic Racer
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2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans
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2012 Goodwood Preview 2012 Goodwood Preview 2012 Goodwood Preview 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed
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2008 24 Hours of Le Mans 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans
2008 24 Hours of Le Mans 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans
2008 Retromobile

  Article Image gallery (91) Chassis (4) 88.C9.05 Specifications User Comments (6)