A racecar driven by one of the greatest racers that ever lived won't come cheap.
Last year, McLaren revealed the striking Senna as its most extreme road car ever. Fittingly, the racey-looking hypercar is named after the late Ayrton Senna, who is often considered as one of the greatest that ever lived. We recently saw the McLaren Senna burn some rubber in its video debut, where it was joined by the MP4/5 racecar the Brazilian three-time world champion drove to victory in the 1989 Grand Prix. Coincidentally, one of Senna’s other McLaren Formula One cars will also be heading to auction next month.
Specifically, the racecar is a McLaren MP4/8A that won the Monaco Grand Prix back in 1993, significant for being the last McLaren he ever raced before his untimely death in 1994. It’s in running order and is described as being “startlingly well-preserved” by Bonhams. The famous racecar is powered by a HB Cosworth V8 and features an advanced active suspension system and an a Marlboro livery that’s considered to be one of the most iconic in Formula One history. Chassis number six helped Senna claim his sixth victory in Monaco and was used in seven other races during the 1993 season, which saw Senna finish in second place overall behind Alain Prost.
As much as we would love to see its next owner take it to the track, this is a true collectors car that will likely be stored away for a considerably long time. The auction takes place on May 11 at Bonham’s sale in Monaco. No estimate has been given, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the final selling price exceeds Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari F2001 which recently sold for $7.5 million at auction.