F1 Corner: Ayrton Senna’s Car for Sale
Who among us would not want to buy a Formula One car? The sheer speed and design of these cars make them things of beauty, representing true feats of engineering on a primal level. While the opportunity to own such a car does not arise very often, when it does it usually comes attached with a lush history.
Of all the various vehicles that can be sold, there are few more important than an F1 car driven by the world famous Ayrton Senna. The famed driver not only revolutionised the automotive sport but ultimately showed us all what an F1 car can do with each passing race. It is therefore not surprising that when the drivers 1984 F1 debut 650 bhp Toleman TG184-2 car goes under the hammer, more than a few interested parties take the stage.
Showcased at the rain-soaked Monaco Grand Prix, Daily Mail reporters noted that the driver qualified in 13th place in it, lagging just 2.34 seconds behind Alain Prost, a man that would become his future nemesis. Only 24 at the time, Senna nonetheless pulled some miraculous moves and was able to finish in second place on the race day. With such awful weather conditions the race was cancelled after only 31 laps and the drivers were given half points for their work. While Prost came first, analysts suggested that Senna might have actually won if the race was allowed to continue
At the time, BBC commentator suggested that the Toleman vehicle was absolutely sensational. This fact translates well into our modern period as preliminary estimates suggested that the vehicle will sell for as much as £750,000. To go under the hammer on May 16th at The Spring Sale hosted by Silverstone Auctions, reporters have noted that these auctions have been the stuff of legend among collectors, showcasing the unique and rare from automotive history.
The managing director of Silverstone Auctions has recently said that he was “thrilled to bring this iconic race car to auction as it’s undoubtedly one of the most important lots we’ve ever offered.” Keith Collantine said that images of this vehicle at the race have become a part of F1 folklore, ultimately creating quite a lot of buzz.
Those familiar with the sport know of the importance of the iconic Ayrton Senna. Celebrated in the award-winning documentary released last year, the Brazilian driver expressed extraordinary talent on the world stage. Winning the F1 World Championship three times, he was tragically killed in 1994 at the San Mariono Grand Prix.
To be a part of that history is not an opportunity that is taken lightly, ultimately causing many to jump on the chance to purchase his vehicle before it even went for sale. A truly amazing vehicle, let us hope that this car is taken care of by its new owner.