Found on ebay – Honda F1 2006 RA106-4 Ex Jenson Button
Looking around on ebay for Classic F1 stuff and I came across this car. Interestingly this car was the first podium for Honda since its return to F1. It also is Jenson Buttons first podium car for Honda. It is the same model car that Jenson Button got his maiden F1 Victory in at the 2006 Hungarian GP.
From the ebay listing:
This car does not currently have an engine fitted. It does come with the correct DCT gearbox however.
This superb Honda RA106 utilises the moulded carbon monocoque chassis that was driven by Jenson Button.
This actual car finished third in the 2006 Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, fourth in the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir, sixth in the Spanish GP at the Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona, seventh in the San Marino GP at Imola, 10th in the Australian GP at Albert Park, Melbourne and 11th in the year’s Monaco GP at Monte Carlo. Jenson Button also failed to finish with the car at both the Nurburgring and at Silverstone.
Thereafter, chassis ‘RA106-4’ was retired from front-line race team duties and was employed instead as a full-scale wind tunnel test car.
During the season Honda development was typically multi-tiered and hectic. Many new features were introduced during the later-season races. Most positively, the cars which eventually won the Hungarian Grand Prix included new features. Having set aside three previous nose designs, the team reverted for the Hungaroring to their Imola version, with a mild spoon shaped centre section. Revised geometry was applied to the Imola-introduced suspension system. New side-pod fins first seen at Monaco returned together with what were nicknamed ‘fox ears’ as run at Imola on the sides of the cockpit. A new rear body section that had been notably narrower in its lower area was replaced and the rear wing end-plates modified. At Budapest Honda opted for soft tyres with a construction identical to those used by Renault at the rear, while a variety of different types were tried at the front.
This Honda RA106 is finished in contemporary ‘Lucky Strike’ livery and is superbly detailed.
As an ex Jenson Button car that has scored World Championship Points, this 2.4 V8 era F1 car can only go up in value. If an engine could be obtained, the lucky owner of this piece of F1 history could be expected to be invited to some of the more prestigious Motor Sport events such a Goodwood, Silvertsone and Spa.
The car is a rolling chassis. It comes with a DCT gearbox, but no engine, steering wheel or electrics.
This car resides at a comprehensive and extensive collection in Holland. Serious potential buyers are asked to furnish me with their phone number/contact details and/or email address, whereon the owner will contact them to make an appointment to view in Holland.
The Honda RA106 was the car with which the Honda team competed in the 2006 Formula One season. It was driven by Rubens Barrichello, who joined from Ferrari, and Jenson Button, who had spent three seasons with the team as British American Racing. The year marked the first time Honda had competed as a full team since 1968; since then it had only competed as an engine supplier until taking over BAR completely in late 2005.
Although the year was a significant improvement on 2005, Honda were unable to challenge for the world championship after impressive winter testing form. The car was quick in qualifying, but less so in the races. A performance slump mid-season also led to the team parting company with the car’s designer, Geoff Willis, and he was replaced by the inexperienced Shuhei Nakamoto.
However, things improved from the German GP, culminating in Button’s first F1 win in Hungary. Button was generally the stronger driver throughout the season, and it was felt that he deserved to get Honda’s first win in their F1 return.
The listing can be found on ebay here
The Car is listed for sale for £75,000
It seems that this car did not sell. They re-listed it and it failed to sell a second time. Currently it is not known what happened to this car. If you own it or bought it give us a shout so we can update this post with the outcome 🙂