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How To Buy an F1 Safety Car For £5,000

F1 returns this weekend in Singapore. There's normally a safety car or two there. So given that, we've compiled a list of the top 5 coolest F1 safety cars of all time. The final one of which can be yours for a princely £5,000.

Safety cars in F1 used to be great. It wasn't until 1993 that they were 'officially' introduced which meant a huge variety of vehicles on display prior to then.

Now it's just a playground for Mercedes and Aston to put on a commercial partnership.

Make Safety Cars Great Again.

Having said that, they were once great which means we can look back and enjoy them.

Here's our pick of the top 5 ever safety cars and how much you can expect to pay for them. As we go down they get more and more affordable. Let's go...

Lamborghini Countach

Lamborghini Countach Monaco GP | Source: F1

Of all the safety cars in this list, this Countach is the only one that appeared in multiple Grand Prix. It appeared at the Monaco GP in 1981, 1982 and 1983. And boy, how good do those lights look on top of it.

For the cheapest Countach variant expect to pay between £350,000 - £400,000 for one in reasonable shape.

Porsche 993 GT2

993 GT2 Spa | Source: F1

This 993 GT2 appeared in Spa in 1995 and given the GT2's reputation it's probably only very slightly safer than the F1 cars themselves.

Today, a 993 GT2 in average condition will set you back c. £340,000.

Renault Clio Williams

Renault Clio Williams | Source: F1

This might be the pick of them for me. Topped off by the dude driving it during its appearance at the 1996 Argentinian Grand Prix, take a look at him - love it.

Expect to pay just under £20,000 for a Renault Clio Williams in average shape.

Porsche 914

Porsche 914 | Source: Porsche Racing

In F1's books this was the first documented official safety car in its history. A handful of crashes occurred during this race triggering the 914 to appear in the 1973 Canadian GP.

A 914 will set you back £18,500 for one in average condition.

Fiat Tempra

Fiat Tempra | Source: F1

Sure it's not a Countach or a 993 GT2 but it is the car that came to save Ayrton Senna from the thronging fans that surrounded his McLaren after he won the 1993 Brazilian Grand Prix. And that's bloody cool.

A Fiat Tempra will set you back a mere £5,000 at most. Bargain.

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Note: to state the obvious prices quoted are not for the specific car used as the safety car but the model more broadly

Image Credits: F1 and Porsche Racing

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