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The legendary F1 driver’s McLarean-Cosworth and Toleman-Hart vehicles pull big sum at Bonhams auction
After a plethora of bids for classic racing cars, the Bonhams Monaco sale, held at the Villa La Vigie, fetched a total of $16.3 million last week thanks, largely, to the perpetual interest generated by one of Formula One’s most iconic drivers — Ayrton Senna.
A particular highlight for the auction house was the sale of the first and final Monaco Grand Prix cars used by Senna at the world-famous street circuit.
The Brazilian F1 driver’s final Monaco GP car — the 1993 McLaren-Cosworth Ford MP4/8A — sold in the room for over $5 million after what was described as “a lengthy and spirited bidding exchange.”
Also, Senna’s first Monaco Grand Prix car — the 1984 Toleman-Hart TG184, known as the car that sparked his famous rivalry with Alain Prost — exceeded its pre-sale estimate of $900,000 by over $1 million, eventually pulling in $1.92 million.
Elsewhere at the sale, the car that generated the most furious bidding was the 1955 Jaguar XK140 SE Michelotti Coupé.
Unearthed just last month from a barn in rural Belgium, the estimate of $23,000-59,000 was smashed, with the unique barn find eventually raking in $438,000: more than seven times its pre-sale estimate.
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Racing cars were among the most popular lots of the sale.
The ex-Ronnie Peterson Formula 3 Tecno was offered directly by (and in the presence of) Ronnie’s daughter Nina, and achieved $110,000.
Meanwhile, a unique TAG Heuer re-edition of the watch presented to the ‘SuperSwede’ by Jack Heuer in 1972 for his driving exploits at the Nürburgring achieved a remarkable $117,156.
Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, commented, “This sale has been an absolute triumph. We achieved astonishing prices across the board and found new owners for some of the most historically important cars to come to public auction in Monaco in recent memory.
“A Monaco sale is always a unique experience, but this has truly exceeded expectations — impressive results were achieved in the breathtaking setting of Villa La Vigie, arguably the most beautiful location of any auction across the globe,” he said.