Those of you with a long term interest in Formula One racing will be aware of just how good a driver the great Ayrton Senna was. He was born in Brazil and won three Formula One world championships back in 1988, 1990 and 1991 whilst at the wheel of McLaren racing cars. Regrettably, he was killed on the 1st May 1994 at the age of 34 whilst driving for Williams at the San Marino Grand Prix. He was held in such high regard in the country of his birth that there were three days of national mourning in Brazil.
Well, you may be interested to read that one of the Formula One racing cars driven by Ayrton Senna – a 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A is to be auctioned by Bonhams at their Monaco sale on the 11th May 2018. This was the final season that he drove for McLaren and in the 1993 Formula One season he drove the car on eight occasions. It was rumoured he was being paid in the region of $1 million a race.
It is rather fitting that this car should be offered for sale in Monaco as Ayrton Senna actually won the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix in that very same vehicle in 1993 making it almost 25 years since that wonderful occasion. That meant he had won six Monaco Grand Prix braking Graham Hill’s record. Incidentally, the driver who followed Ayrton Senna across the finishing line in second place was none other than Damon Hill – son of Graham Hill.
It is going to be very interesting to see what sort of attention this legendary racing car is going to attract at the above auction and what sort of price it is eventually hopefully going to be sold for. Needless to say, it will no doubt carry a premium due to the connection with Ayrton Senna.
If you are considering buying a classic or high performance vehicle then why not get in touch with us here at AIB Insurance on 02380 268 351 where we will be delighted to discuss your requirements in respect of insuring the vehicle. We have an extensive panel of insurers so we would be able to help source a competitively priced quotation with excellent cover.
Those of you owning a classic motorcycle may be interested to read of the sale of a number of such vehicles at the Bonhams New Bond Street, London auction that took place on the 2nd December 2017. More information can be found on the auctioneer’s website but a summary is provided below to “whet your appetite”.
For instance, a 1964 BSA 646 CC Rocket Gold Star motorcycle achieved a sale price of £24,725 including the premium. This delightful motorbike was beautifully restored back in 2001 and has been well maintained. It had a 46bhp engine that was capable of getting to a top speed of around 105mph making it an extremely nippy two-wheeled vehicle. Only about 1,800 of these motorcycles were built making it quite desirable and they are very sought after by classic motorbike enthusiasts.
Those of you interested in the Brough motorcycle will be interested to read that a 1936 Brough Superior 982cc SS80 Special was sold at the above auction for £82,140 to include premium. It was renowned for being the superbike of its era and this one is one of only around 300 that are believed to be still around today. The vehicle went through a full restoration under the ownership of John Coxon before falling into the hands of another owner who took possession in January 2010.
A 1949 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C classic motorbike fell under the hammer for £119,100 including the premium. For around 30 years the bike had been kept in a barn until it was subject to a restoration project in 2016 to a 1949 Earls Court London Motorcycle Show specification. It certainly is a highly desirable classic motorcycle and would be the envy of many an enthusiast.
If you are considering buying a vintage motorcycle or are already the proud owner of one then why not get in touch with us here at AIB Insurance on 02380 268 351 where we will be delighted to discuss your requirements in respect of insuring the vehicle. We have an extensive panel of insurers so we would be able to help source a competitively priced quotation.
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