If you’ve got £1million spare, you could be the owner of this rather special piece of Ayrton Senna history. But is there more than meets the eye with this car?
Currently on sale with specialist luxury car dealer Prindiville in London, this Toleman-Hart TG184-2 was driven by Senna during his rookie F1 year in 1984. It’s also the car in which he showed his true potential at that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Starting from 13th on the grid, in truly horrendous wet conditions, Senna worked his way up to take the lead by the end of lap 32. That would be no mean feat at a normal circuit, let alone within the twisty confines of Monaco. Yet, displaying his immense talent, Senna overtook big names like Lauda, Mansell, Piquet, Arnoux, Tambay, and (Keke) Rosberg. Oh, and Alain Prost.
It was Prost who Senna passed to take the lead. However, as he did so, the race was red-flagged with the results taken from the positions on the previous lap. Senna was therefore denied his first F1 win, but the world had seen what potential the young Brazilian had to offer. It’s also a reminder that Senna’s F1 career lasted only ten years before that tragedy at Imola in 1994, yet he won the World Championship three times in that period. (more…)