The car was originally purchased by Antonio Carlos de Almeida Braga -manager, mentor and close personal friend of Senna - for the driver to use when he visited his home in Portugal.
Following Senna’sdeath, the car remained in the garage at Braga’s home where it was not allowed to be touched or driven by anyone. After two years it was eventually sold to a buyer who kept it only a short time before being purchased by the current owner 17 years ago.
Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said, “Very rarely does a car with such pedigree and provenance come to market, especially with such a powerful and personal link to arguably the greatest F1 driver of all time and as such we’re incredibly excited to offer it for auction.”
The car, offered with an estimate of between £75 000 to £85 000 (R1 380 000 and R1 560 000),is presented in black with a black leather interior, manual gearbox and has covered just 51 100km. When choosing the car, Braga made sure it was set to the same specification Senna chose for his own NSX and is regarded as the ultimate combination for the car.
As this 20th anniversary of Senna’s death, the car could prove a great investment for buyers with heightened interest in the much-admired model, together the fact that the 25th anniversary of its introduction approaches next year.Senna was personally involved in the development of the NSX due to Honda supplying engines to the McLaren F1 team, a partnership which is set to resume again for the 2015 season.
All we can say is the person who gets to drive away with this piece of motoring history is very lucky