Ecclestone buys Monaco GP-winning, ex-Senna McLaren for €4.2m
It failed to beat the record price for an F1 car at auction, but the former F1 CEO has purchased Senna's final Monaco Grand Prix winning McLaren
The McLaren MP4/8A which with Ayrton Senna won his sixth and final Monaco Grand Prix has sold at auction for almost €4.2million to Bernie Ecclestone.
Featuring in Bonhams’ Monaco Sale ahead of this weekend’s Historic Monaco Grand Prix, the former CEO of Formula 1 won the bidding at €3.65million with the buyer’s premium taking the total to €4,197,500 – equivalent to £3.7m.
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Ecclestone is known to own a number of historic F1 cars largely due to retaining the Brabhams that were built under his tenure as team owner, plus having added to his collection at auctions.
The car was one of a small number of McLaren’s to be sold from Woking little more than a decade ago, and has been in the ownership of Aaron Hsu ever since.
The €4.2m price tag meant the MP4/8A failed to beat the record for an F1 car sold at auction. A 2001 Michael Schumacher Ferrari sold for $7.5m at RM Sotheby’s New York sale in November.
Another ex-Senna F1 car to sell in Bonhams’ Monaco Sale was his Toleman Hart TG184 that, most notably, finished second to Alain Prost in the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix. It changed hands for £1,416,800.
The other F1 car to feature in the auction was a 1987 Ferrari F1/87, driven in period by Michele Alboreto. The last car to be overseen by Enzo Ferrari prior to his death, it features a 1.5-litre turbocharged V6. The car was chassis 100, so called as it was the 100th individual grand prix car built by Maranello in a continuous sequence of chassis numbering that began in 1961. The F1/87 was also the last Ferrari F1 car designed prior to the arrival of John Barnard.
A 1969 Tecno Formula 3 car with which Ronnie Peterson won that year’s Monaco GP-supporting F3 race was sold for £92,000.
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