Bonham’s auction house has sold the historic 1993 McLaren-Cosworth Ford MP4/8A Formula Racing Single-Seater that legendary three-time World Champion Driver Ayrton Senna scored his record-breaking sixth and final victory. The car was raced in the Monaco Grand Prix, garnering Senna a win in his last race. The car was acquired from Ron Dennis in 2006. Dennis was the founder of McLaren International. The car is still in working order, with the same V8 cylinder Cosworth-Ford “HB” engine, serial number 510. The same gearbox is also still on the car, serial number 2.
Ayton earned the title of legendary through his impressive career, which included winning the Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship title in 1988, 1990, and 1991. His records include accumulating the most wins through a World Championship-qualifying Grand Prix, the most consecutive pole positions, the most consecutive front-row starts, the most consecutive wins at the same Grand Prix (the Monaco Grand Prix), the most pole positions at the same Grand Prix, and the most consecutive pole positions at the same Grand Prix, and the highest percentage of front row stars in a season (100 percent in 1989). And don’t forget his 41 Grand Prix victories overall.
It’s not a stretch to call this car the most historically important Formula 1 McLaren ever. And with it still being fully functional, it was purchased by ex-Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone purchased the vehicle and fetched over a whopping €4.1m.