The car in which seven-time Michael Schumacher scored his first points in F1 has sold to a private buyer ahead of its scheduled appearance in an auction later this weekend.

The 1991 Benetton B191-Ford Cosworth, which Schumacher drove to fifth place at Monza, having replaced Roberto Moreno as team-mate to Nelson Piquet, was due to go under the hammer in a COYS' sale at the Nurburgring on 10 August.

However, the car has now been sold in advance to a private buyer for a fee of EUR225,000 plus premium.

While the car - which was offered in 'excellent race-ready condition' and with 'all equipment necessary to run and drive the car, including a spare set of wheels and assorted spare components' - could have remained in competition in historic racing, it will instead go into a collection, with its new home being a museum in the Middle East.

Although the Benetton has been sold, another F1 car is still available in the sale, with a 1986 Minardi M186 available at an estimated price of between EUR75,000 - EUR85,000 amongst the other lots.

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