Ayrton Senna’s first Formula 1 car to be sold at Silverstone auction

The Toleman TG-184-2 driven by three-time Formula 1 world champion Ayrton Senna in his debut season in 1984. It will be sold at Silverstone Auctions' spring sale in May 2012.
The Toleman TG-184-2 driven by three-time Formula 1 world champion Ayrton Senna in his debut season in 1984. It will be sold at Silverstone Auctions' spring sale in May 2012.

THE first car driven by Ayrton Senna in a Formula 1 world championship will be sold at auction later this year.

The Toleman TG-184-2, driven by the three-time world champion in his debut season in 1984, will be offered for sale to the public at the spring sale at Silverstone Auctions in May.

The car, which Senna raced to third in the British Grand Prix held at Brands Hatch and seventh in the Canadian Grand Prix, is best known for the Brazilian’s remarkable second place drive in the rain-soaked Monaco Grand Prix that year . . . a race that was arguably the first to show his remarkable talents to the world.

Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, said: “We are thrilled to bring this iconic race car to auction, as it is undoubtedly one of the most important lots we’ve ever offered under the hammer.”

The spring sale will not be the first time Silverstone Auctions has offered Senna-related lots.

At its first auction of the year, a helmet and race suit used by the Brazilian fetched £74,750 and £35,650 respectively, both considerably more than their pre-sale estimates.

Mr Whale said: “Senna mania is reaching fever pitch, and rightly so, as he’s considered by many as the greatest F1 driver we’ve ever seen.

“It goes without saying this will be one of the star attractions at the sale, as it’s a very rare chance to own a much sought-after piece of motorsport and Ayrton Senna history.”

Ayrton Senna was killed in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix on May 1, 1994.

Despite his premature death, the Brazilian is considered by many to be the greatest Formula 1 driver ever.

As well as the Toleman, the Silverstone Auctions spring sale on May 16 will include a range of other race cars, modern sports cars, motorcycles and automobilia.

Other notable early entries include a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7, estimated to fetch between £190,000 and £210,000.

The auction house is still taking entries for the sale. Anyone interested can call the team on 01926 691141 or email enquiries@silver stoneauctions.com

Ayrton Senna da Silva

Nationality: Brazilian

Born: March 21, 1960

Died: May 1, 1994, in the San Marino Grand Prix. His race-leading Williams came off the track and hit a concrete wall at Tamburello corner.

F1 grand prix entries: 162

Teams: Toleman (1984), Lotus (1985 - 1987), McLaren (1988 - 1993), Williams (1994)

Pole Positions: 65

Wins: 41

Podiums: 80

World Championships: 1988, 1990, 1991