Senna’s Toleman to fetch £350,000

1984 Toleman TG183B (driven by Ayrton Senna), at the 2012 Autosport International. Tony Hisgett

1984 Toleman TG183B (driven by Ayrton Senna), at the 2012 Autosport International. Tony Hisgett

Ayrton Senna’s Formula One debut car should sell for around £350,000 if expectations are met, according to its seller.

The car, which has been put up for sale by Cars International, was last raced 30 years ago.

Senna drove the car in the 1984 Grand Premio do Brazil, the Brazilian Grand Prix, as well as in that year’s South African, Belgian and San Marino Grands Prix.

“We are asking £350,000 (446,000, $544,000USD, $670,000AUD) for the car,” Cars International sales contact David Williamson said.

“We are selling the car from one of our clients which we sold to him some years ago,” he said.

The car would finish in the points twice: at the South African and Belgian races, finishing in sixth and seventh place respectively.

The disqualification of Tyrrell Racing from the 1984 season saw Senna’s final race position in Belgium promoted to sixth.

The car was retired from racing after the San Marino Grand Prix, in which Senna didn’t participate after failing to set a time in any session during the weekend.

The car was designed by legendary F1 engineer and car designer Rory Byrne, who helped push Ferrari to both Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships from 2000 to 2004.

In the TG183B’s replacement, Senna scored three podiums and fell just short of victory at that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Originally published as Senna’s debut Toleman up for sale

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