Bonhams to auction Ronnie Peterson's winning F3 car

Suitably liveried with the Swedish national colours, the Tecno 69 that launched Peterson onto the Formula 1 radar with feature in the Monaco Historic Grand Prix sale

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Bonhams is to auction the Formula 3 car in which ten-time Formula 1 race winner Ronnie Peterson won the 1969 Monaco Grand Prix support race.

The Tecno 69 that Peterson drove that season on his way to the F3 title will join Ayrton Senna’s final Monaco Grand Prix winning McLaren MP4/8A at the Bonhams Monaco Sale on May 11.

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Still wearing its predominantly yellow livery denoting Peterson’s Swedish nationality, the Tecno carries an estimate of €80,000 to €120,000.

In ‘68 Peterson ran a Svebe in F3, co-designed and built with his father and copying a Brabham design. But for the following year he was signed by the Italian team.

Following his championship success and influential Monaco F3 win, he graduated to F1 for ‘70 driving a privately-entered March 701.

Affectionately known as the ‘SuperSwede’, Peterson went on to race for Lotus most notably. Across his nine seasons in F1 he scored a best championship result of second which he achieved twice while driving for Colin Chapman’s team – first taking the runner-up spot in only his second year in F1.

Having re-joined March before signing for Tyrrell the previous year, Peterson returned to Lotus for ‘78. That season he was involved in a multi-car collision at the Italian Grand Prix. Despite initially escaping with severe leg fractures and burns but otherwise in a stable condition, his health deteriorated that night while in hospital.

He passed away the following day. In his racing career he made 123 F1 starts, and was considered one of the fastest drivers on the grid.

Bonhams co-chairman Robert Brooks commented: ‘Ronnie Peterson was both quietly engaging off track, and an absolutely pace-setting rumbustious demon upon it. In period, I was a great fan and his daughter Nina’s decision to entrust Bonhams with this 1969 Tecno in which he launched his glittering career upon the global stage, is really special to us.

‘To be offering this car at the very location where Ronnie scored that momentous attention-grabbing victory with it is extra special. After so many years’ preservation in Sweden, ‘Ronnie’s Tecno’ is one of those most rare motor racing pieces – a truly iconic car which was not only a 16-race winner, it also launched the career of a much-loved legend and will forever be associated with him.’

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