If your birthday is coming up and your parents/your significant other/Warren Buffett keeps bothering you about what you’d like this year, tell them the only thing you want is Ayrton Senna’s 1984 Toleman TG184-2 Formula One car. Then see just how many zeroes their love is worth.
The car Senna drove during his inaugural year in Formula One is headed to auction on May 16th, and while Britain’s Silverstone Auctions doesn’t yet have an estimate as to how much this car will sell for, we can think of a few reasons it won’t be cheap by anyone’s standards:
1. The car is in impeccable shape. “Running on the button,” as the Brits at Silverstone Auctions put it. It’s been fully restored, and if the new owner wants, he could take it racing the day he takes delivery. Rumor has it the Voice of Senna provides guidance to whomever is driving, like Obi-Wan Kenobi helping Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star.
2. The car has been hidden away for a while. It’s been tucked away in some wealthy owner’s garage for 16 years, so there might be some people out there who’ve been looking to buy this for a long time.
3. This is the car Senna used to prove just how good he really was. It’s the car he hammered to second place in the soaking wet Monaco Grand Prix that year, and the car he used to place third in the British Grand Prix. It’s got history splashed onto every body panel and into every crevice.
So if you want to be this car’s proud new owner, you’re gonna need to be prepared to fork over some serious money. But how often does a piece of racing history like this come up for sale? [via Silverstone Auctions]