Most rich person can afford a Formula 1 car if they want, but if you want one that legend was made, like this 1993 McLaren-Cosworth Ford MP4-8A Formula 1 Racing Single Seater, then you will have vie with fellow rich folks. This racing open wheeler is no ordinary Formula 1 race car; it was ex-Ayrton Senna Formula racing car that broke record at the 1993 Monaco Grand Prix.
It was the legend’s record-breaking sixth and last Monaco Grand Prix winner and the rarest of rare example. And it is fully functional which means, you can probably hit the track with it if you want to. The chassis, engine and gearbox numbers (MP4/8-6, 510 and 2, respectively) are all in order, matching those of Senna’s 1993 Monaco Grand Prix winning ride.
It is powered by the same engine, a V8 Cosworth-Ford ‘HB’ serial 510 motor, and the serial 2 gearbox, that Senna used ti bagged the top spot in Monaco. This brilliant living and breathing historical race car comes complete with the livery used on that glorious day, featuring the now-frown upon Marlboro branding, and it will go under the hammer (Lot 119) at the Monaco Sale ‘Les Grandes Marques À Monaco’, happening on May 11, 2018 at 18:00 CEST at Monaco, Villa La Vigie.
While you are at it, you may also want to check out another ex-Ayrton Senna race car (which was also ex-Stefan Johansson’s), the 1984 Toleman-Hart TG184 Racing Single Seater (Lot 124). No estimates were offered for the Senna’s 1993 F1 race car, but the 1984 example is expected to fetch somewhere between 750,000-1,000,000 euros.
An ex-Michele Alboreto Formula 1 race car (the 1987 Ferrari F1/87, Lot 135) will also go on the block in this same auction, along with ex-Ronnie Peterson’s 1969 Techno-Novamotor Ford 69 Formula 3 Racing Single Seater (Lot 110) and a ride that I can’t stop ogling over, the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (lot 128).
Peterson’s F3 is estimated to fetch 80,000-120,000 euros, while the SL, around 950,000-1,150,000 euros. I am drooling already! If you will excuse me, I will need to go rob a bank and hitch a ride on a supersonic flight to Monaco in the next 24 hours. Damn! The SL is looking fabulous!