Fully restored and ready to fetch an absolute fortune.
The year was 1983 and Formula 1 team Toleman was looking for a new driver. It was a privateer team, which didn’t have the budget of the bigger manufacturer-backed teams, so picking up someone from a lower-tier motorsport was the best bet. And that is how Ayrton Senna, fresh off a Formula 3 championship, came to get his start in F1. It was in this car, a TG183B, that he would score his first championship points.
Senna would go on to get his first podium finish in this car as well, second place at the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix. Shortly thereafter, he would go on to bigger and better-funded teams, where he would win three world championships before his untimely death. Toleman held on to the car for a time, but would eventually sell it to an American owner, who would fully restore it. It has since made its way back to the UK and is now getting ready to go up for auction. Power comes from the original 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and the auction winner will also be getting a spare block, which is nice.