A Honda NSX once belonging to the three times world F1 champion Ayrton Senna is due to go up for auction with a value of £85,000.
Yes that’s right, one of the three Honda NSX cars once driven by legendary Ayrton Senna will be going under the hammer next month at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro & Classic Car Sale on 22 and 23 February.
The Black NSX which was registered in 1992 has covered just 31,800 miles and was bought by Ayrton’s manager “Antonio Carlos de Almeida Braga” for the F1 champion to use when visiting his home in Portugal. The other two in existence are a Red one which was lent to him by Honda Motor Company for his use in Quinta Lago, in the south of Portugal at his Villa and another black one which he used in S. Paulo Brazil.
After the tragic death of Senna at Imola in 1994 the car just sat in a garage at Braga’s home where it remained for two years until it was finally sold in 1997 to the current owner.
The car has covered just 31,800 miles, has a full black leather interior, a manual gearbox and is completely original with carpets used by Senna, the last time he drove it.
The NSX was developed with the help of the formula 1 legend who had direct input into the cars handling and chassis setup, and is powered by a mid-mounted 3.0-litre V6 270bhp Honda VTec engine, with power going to the rear wheels via a six speed manual gearbox.
This year actually marks 20 years since Senna’s tragic death with next year also being the 25th anniversary of the NSX. To celebrate the anniversary of the NSX next year, Honda are currently in the latter stages of development of a new model which is expected to arrive mid 2015. Power is rumoured to be upwards of 400bhp with the car utilising an all-new petrol and electric power-train and all wheel drive.
Given the vehicle’s superb and original condition and, of course, its history, the car is expected to fetch between £75 000 and £85 000.