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Bonhams to Offer Senna's First Monaco Grand Prix Car


 

London, 3 April, 2018

1984 Turbocharged Formula 1 Toleman-Hart TG184

Bonhams is delighted to announce that the 1984 turbocharged Formula 1 Toleman-Hart TG184 racing car, driven by the legendary Ayrton Senna upon his Monaco Grand Prix debut during the race that sparked his legendary feud with Prost, is to be offered at their Monaco Sale in Monte Carlo on 11 May at Villa La Vigie.

The weather conditions were so appalling on Monaco Grand Prix race day in 1984 that it became obvious the event could not run its full-distance of 76 laps without exceeding the strict two-hour duration limit. In his 1½-liter, 4-cylinder, 600bhp Toleman-Hart, Senna was chasing-down race leader Alain Prost's more powerful McLaren-TAG Turbo MP4/2. The mercurial Brazilian new boy was catching up with the established French superstar at the staggering rate of 3 seconds per lap.

Ayrton Senna, in this very Toleman-Hart, had closed the gap behind Prost to barely 7 seconds when race director Jacky Ickx - the Belgian former Formula 1 driver - controversially ordered both the red flag and the checkered flag to be shown simultaneously, bringing the race to what many considered to be a premature end, after only 31 laps. Prost took the win from new boy Senna, the margin of victory being 7.446 seconds.

In fact, when the red and checkered flags were shown as the drivers reached the end of lap 32, Prost slowed and hesitated just short of the finish line and Senna swept by, waving ecstatically, convinced that he had just won his first World Championship-qualifying Grand Prix - and at Monaco - the most glamorous venue of them all. In fact, as was customary in Formula 1, the race results would be declared as the positions pertaining at the end of the last previous uninterrupted lap, and so Prost was confirmed as the winner after 31 officially recognized laps, with Senna second in the Toleman-Hart TG184 - the car to be offered by Bonhams at its Monaco sale.

However, while it seems almost certain that Senna would have wrested the race lead from Alain Prost after just one more lap, it is doubtful that his car could then have survived much longer. His Toleman team mechanics reported post-race that its suspension had suffered damage and would like have soon failed after the Grand Prix had been so abruptly abandoned. By such slender margins is sporting history written.

Most presciently, during the closing stages of the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, 1976 Formula 1 World Champion Driver and BBC TV commentator James Hunt, announced the true emergence of Senna upon the Formula 1 scene. He declared on air: "I think we are watching the arrival of Ayrton Senna as a truly outstanding talent in Grand Prix racing..."

He was not wrong. Not only would Senna go on to win the Formula 1 Drivers' World Championship titles in 1988, 1990 and 1991 - he would also win the Monaco Grand Prix itself a record six times; in 1987, then for five consecutive years from 1989 to 1993 inclusive. In addition to this Toleman-Hart, Bonhams is also offering Senna's record-breaking, race-winning 1993 McLaren-Cosworth-Ford MP4/8 in this same Monaco Sale.

The Toleman-Hart TG184 was designed by Rory Byrne and Pat Symonds, and at the time of Senna's stupendous Monaco drive, it was still fresh from its debut in the preceding French GP at Dijon-Prenois. Emphasizing his potential for future greatness, Senna's subsequent 1984 season in the Toleman-Hart saw him add to his maiden podium placing at Monaco with third-place finishes in both that year's British and Portuguese Grands Prix.

This is the historic Monaco duel, battled through the pouring rain, that sowed the seed of the long rivalry between Prost and Senna which simmered on so memorably, well into the 1990s. At the Bonhams Monaco Sale on 11 May, two successful bidders will be able to take home these legendary racing cars, tangible memories of one of the most exciting periods in F1 history.

Mark Osborne, Global Head of Motorsport at Bonhams, commented: The Senna-Prost joust of the late 1980s and early 1990s was one of the greatest sporting rivalries of all time, with two great champions providing F1 fans with some of the most eye-popping and spectacular racing ever witnessed. The spark that ignited this fierce competition can be traced back almost thirty-five years to the 1984 edition of the Monaco Grand Prix, and the politically charged decision to throw out the red flag when it was clear that the young Brazilian charger was about ruffle some feathers! We at Bonhams are delighted to present the very car - the 1984 Toleman-Hart TG184 - that triggered this great rivalry, and which provided the opening chapter for Ayrton Senna's remarkable and record-breaking story at the Monaco Grand Prix.'

 


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Year

Title

S/N

Estimates

Prive incl. Buyer’s Premium

1

1951

Mors Speed SC1

4929

€1,500 - 2,500 (NR)

€2,026

2

1952

ACMA VESPA 125

21232

€3,500 - 5,500 (NR)

€5,960

3

1954

ACMA VESPA 125

111744

€3,500 - 5,500 (NR)

€4,530

4

1955

ACMA VESPA 125

154103

€3,500 - 5,500 (NR)

€3,814

5

1957

Lambretta LD 125

131671

€3,500 - 5,500 (NR)

€3,576

6

1956

ACMA VESPA 125

251218

€3,500 - 5,500 (NR)

€4,530

7

1957

ACMA VESPA 125

183910

€3,500 - 5,500 (NR)

€5,364

8

1957

ACMA VESPA 150 GL

7801

€4,000 - 6,000 (NR)

€4,053

9

1956

Lambretta LD 150

503312

€4,000 - 6,000 (NR)

€5,006

10

1953

Lambretta LD 125

125LD5711286

€3,500 - 5,500 (NR)

€6,198

11

1953

ACMA VESPA 125

65406

€3,500 - 5,500 (NR)

€4,291

12

1957

ACMA VESPA 125

241899

€3,500 - 5,500 (NR)

€5,364

13

 

Lambretta Li 125

015059

€3,500 - 5,500 (NR)

€2,622

14

 

Lambretta-Serveta Li 150

500585

€4,000 - 6,000 (NR)

€4,530

15

1958

ACMA VESPA 150 GL

18027

€4,000 - 6,000 (NR)

€4,172

16

1955

ACMA VESPA

172780

€3,500 - 5,500 (NR)

€5,841

17

1959

ACMA VESPA 125N

125N301660

€3,500 - 5,500 (NR)

€11,920

18

1962

Fiat Nuova 500 D

303806

€10,000 - 15,000 (NR)

€15,496

19

1966

Austin Mini DeLuxe

A-A2S7L-797619A

€10,000 - 15,000 (NR)

€10,728

20

1962

Fiat 600 D " Jolly " carrosserie Ghia

100D1208351

€45,000 - 65,000 (NR)

Not Sold

21

1972

Steyr-Puch Pinzgauer 710 K fourgon tτlι

5750267

€10,000 - 15,000 (NR)

€8,940

22

1944

Dodge WC-56 Command Car

81629535

€15,000 - 25,000 (NR)

€17,880

23

2013

Morgan 3 Wheeler

SA9M3WV2ECP
202364

€35,000 - 50,000 (NR)

€38,144

24

2009

Renault Megane RS R26.R

VF1CM2H
9640801673

€35,000 - 50,000 (NR)

€€38,144

25

1996

Renault Spider

VMKAFOH
0514410745

€40,000 - 60,000

Not Sold

26

2018

Alpine A110 " Premiθre ιdition "

n°34

€60,000 - 80,000

€73,904

27

1970

Jaguar type E 4.2L cabriolet sιrie 2

1R13048

€70,000 - 90,000 (NR)

€57,216

28

1954

Jaguar XK120 roadster

S673075

€80,000 - 120,000

Not Sold

29

1974

Porsche 911 2.7L S Targa

9115210400

€40,000 - 60,000 (NR)

€42,912

30

1990

Porsche 964 Carrera 4

WPOZZZ96ZLS
402156

€40,000 - 60,000 (NR)

€57,216

31

1961

Porsche 356 BT5 Roadster

89225

€160,000 - 210,000

Not Sold

32

1982

Ferrari 400i

41719

€65,000 - 85,000

€90,592

33

1976

Dino 308 GT4

12322

€70,000 - 90,000

Not Sold

34

1993

Ferrari 512 TR

96076

€100,000 - 140,000

€106,088

35

1988

Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole cabriolet

77034

€40,000 - 60,000 (NR)

€45,296

36

1989

Ferrari F40

80758

€750,000 - 850,000

Not Sold

37

1960

Porsche-Diesel

8807H

€15,000 - 25,000 (NR)

€29,800

38

1973

Lamborghini Urraco P 250 S

15212

€80,000 - 100,000 (NR)

€63,800

39

1970

Lamborghini Espada sιrie 2

8376

€100,000 - 140,000

€109,664

40

1972

Maserati Ghibli 4,9L SS

AM115/49/2398

€200,000 - 250,000

Not Sold

41

1976

Range Rover Classic

35824441D

€50,000 - 80,000

€71,520

42

1982

Range Rover Rallye-Raid

SALLHABV2AA
120993

€25,000 - 35,000 (NR)

Not Sold

43

1980

BMW 320/6 "Top-Cabriolet " Baur

WBA1811000
6940543

15,000 - 25,000 (NR)

€17,880

44

1991

BMW Z1

WBABA91020AL
06018

€55,000 - 75,000

€64,368

45

1980

Volkswagen Golf GTI

WVWZZZ17ZBW
124351

€15,000 - 25,000 (NR)

€17,880

46

1988

Lancia Delta HF Intιgrale 8 soupapes

ZLA831AB000
427851

€30,000 - 40,000 (NR)

Not Sold

47

1989

Porsche 928 Clubsport

WPOZZZ92ZKS
840087

€30,000 - 50,000 (NR)

€24,436

48

1992

Porsche 928 GTS

WPOZZZ92ZNS
800301

€35,000 - 55,000

€40,528

49

1995

Porsche 928 GTS Morabito

WPOZZZ92ZPS
800396

€55,000 - 70,000

€57,216

50

1998

Porsche 993 Turbo S

WPOZZZ99ZWS
370497

€200,000 - 300,000

Not Sold

51

1990

Peugeot 205 GTI Griffe

VF320CD6224
176690

€20,000 - 40,000 (NR)

€48,872

52

1979

Peugeot 504 cabriolet

3333764

€15,000 - 25,000 (NR)

€27,416

53

1957

Facel Vega FV4

FV4-57-235

€170,000 - 230,000

Not Sold

54

1939

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS spider

915010

€200,000 - 300,000 (NR)

€274,160

55

1957

DB HBR5 Ex-Tour de France Auto 1958 / 1959

950

€50,000 - 70,000

€53,640

56

1927

Bugatti Type 43 Torpιdo Grand Sport

43186

€500,000 - 800,000

Not Sold

57

1950

Bristol 401

401/267

€40,000 - 60,000 (NR)

€30,992

58

1937

Rolls-Royce 25/30 Sports Saloon par Hooper

GAN80

€40,000 - 60,000

€42,912

59

1960

Bentley Continental S2 Continental Coupι  par H.J. Mulliner

BC50AR

€150,000 - 250,000

Not Sold

60

1958

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud S1

LSHF45

€50,000 - 70,000

€42,912

61

1968

Citroλn DS 21 cabriolet

4609582

€130,000 - 200,000

Not Sold

62

1968

Simca 1200 S

CA175560

€20,000 - 30,000 (NR)

€26,224

63

1961

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce

157435

€70,000 - 120,000

Not Sold

64

1983

Renault 5 Turbo Gr. IV

VF1822000E
0000375

€130,000 - 180,000

Not Sold

65

2003

Renault Clio V6 Phase 1 (#1600)

VF1C61A062
6894561

€35,000 - 55,000

Not Sold

66

1965

Princess Vanden Plas 4 Litre R par Harold Radford & Co

V / R53 L 2967

€10,000 - 15,000 (NR)

€16,688

67

1958

Jaguar XK 150 3.4L Roadster

S831836DN

€90,000 - 140,000

Not Sold

68

2003

Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante

SCFAB42303K
403533

€40,000 - 60,000

€45,296

69

1968

Aston Martin DB6 Volante RHD

DBVC/3688/R

€550,000 - 750,000

Not Sold

70

1989

Jaguar XJS V12 Coupι

SAJJNAEW4BM
173078

€10,000 - 15,000 (NR)

€16,688

71

1986

Jaguar XJS-C

SAJJNACW4CC
133944

€15,000 - 23,000 (NR)

Not Sold

72

1990

Jaguar XJS Cabriolet

SAJJNADW3DB
170451

€25,000 - 35,000 (NR)

€23,840

73

1977

Ferrari 308 GTB carter sec

21387

€80,000 - 120,000

Not Sold

74

2004

Ferrari 575M Maranello HGTE

131566

€80,000 - 100,000

€98,936

75

1994

Ferrari 348 GTS ex. Guillaume Durand

97127

€60,000 - 80,000

Not Sold

76

1947

MG TC

TC / 7555XFAC8228

€35,000 - 45,000 (NR)

Not Sold

77

1961

Austin Healey 3000 Mk II BT7

HBT7L / 14424

€50,000 - 70,000

€59,600

78

1973

Citroλn Mιhari

05CA2170

€12,000 - 18,000 (NR)

€23,840

79

1970

Citroλn SM Carburateurs

00SB0755

€30,000 - 50,000 (NR)

€32,184

80

1953

Citroλn Traction 11BL Fourgonnette 450 kg

611013

€25,000 - 35,000 (NR)

Not Sold

81

1965

Ford Mustang Coupe Hardtop V8

5FO7A
282829

€30,000 - 40,000 (NR)

Not Sold

82

1957

Ford Thunderbird avec Hard-top

D 7FH 105506

€45,000 - 60,000

€52,448

83

1969

Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagode

113.044.10
010973

€60,000 - 80,000 (NR)

€83,440

84

1962

Mercedes-Benz 190SL

121.040.10.
024493

€70,000 - 90,000 (NR)

€83,440

85

1987

Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL

WDB1260391A
372017

€10,000 - 15,000 (NR)

€13,920

86

1968

Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagode

113.042.10.
004673

€30,000 - 50,000 (NR)

€41,720