1993 McLaren-Cosworth Ford MP4/8A Formula One

Courtesy of Bonhams

It is evident from our long years of market experience that the essence of truly collectible and iconic competition cars is surely a combination of several very significant factors.

The crème de la crème cars upon the very pinnacle of collectibility each have an individually unique and completely verifiable racing history, jeweled by significant success. They also embody the finest standards of contemporary competition-car design and construction. They often embody design and manufacturing technology that is a joy to behold, intricate to the eye and often highly innovative. And, in the most desirable cases, they will have the closest and most intimate historic bond with a truly iconic and charismatic racing hero…

This 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A Formula One car is the very machine with which the late and legendary three-time World Champion Driver Ayrton Senna scored the record-breaking sixth — and last — of his historic race victories right here in the Monaco Grand Prix.

This startlingly well-preserved Ayrton Senna icon is offered here not only in running order, but also still featuring both the self-same V8 Cosworth-Ford HB engine — serial 510 — and the self-same McLaren gearbox — serial 2 — that Ayrton Senna used so brilliantly when it won him that sixth Monaco Grand Prix title.

Thor Thorson

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Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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