Senna Driven, Monaco Winning McLaren F1 Car Heading to Auction

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

The world’s elite will soon have the opportunity to purchase an Ayrton Senna driven, Monaco Grand Prix-winning McLaren Formula 1 car.

Bonhams will sell off the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A at its upcoming Monaco sale in May. The car was driven by the late Ayrton Senna, widely considered to be the best F1 driver of all time, in eight different races during the 1993 Formula 1 season. Senna crashed the car in practice after its innovative active suspension went awry, but it was repaired in time for qualifying on Saturday. The three-time world champion qualified third, and won the race after Michael Schumacher’s Benetton-Ford broke down. He also drove it to a second place finish in Spain and piloted it during the Canadian, French, British, German, Belgian and Italian GPs.

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The auction company says the Ford V8-powered McLaren is presented in fully working order, ready to be driven by any willing rich person or hired driver crazy enough to do so. Or it may just be put in a museum or collection somewhere – a much more likely scenario, we surmise. The car will be sold on the 25th anniversary of Senna’s Monaco victory, and two weeks before the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix. If you just want to see this piece of F1 history up close, it will be on display at the Grand Palais in Paris from February 6th to the 8th.

McLaren recently debuted the Senna road car – a 789 hp track-focused supercar named after the Brazilian driver. The automaker has limited production to just 500 units, all of which have been spoken for.

[Source: Bonhams]

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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