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Senna's First F1 Steering Wheel Hits The Auction Block


The steering wheel from Aryton Senna's 1984 Toleman TG-183B

The steering wheel from Aryton Senna's 1984 Toleman TG-183B

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In 1984, a young Brazilian driver by the name of Ayrton Senna da Silva (most frequently shortened to Ayrton Senna) rose from the British Formula Three ranks to make his Formula One debut, driving for Toleman Group Motorsport.

What happened over the next decade, before Senna’s untimely death in 1994, is now the stuff of legend. Senna racked up three world championships, becoming the youngest driver to ever do so. He still holds multiple Formula One records, including most consecutive pole positions (eight) and most races led from the start (19).

His legend was perhaps best explained by the biopic Senna, which also created a huge demand for Senna memorabilia. If you don’t have the money to buy his 1984 Toleman TG-184 F1 car, Silverstone Auctions can sell you the next best thing: the very first steering wheel used by Senna in his F1 career.

The wheel was pulled from from Senna’s Toleman TG-183B, as driven in the 1984 season-opening Brazilian Grand Prix. The fact that Senna DNF’d the race is largely irrelevant, as this is the very first wheel used by perhaps the most iconic driver of the modern era. It’s signed and dated by Senna as well, adding to its value.

That value, as projected by Silverstone auctions, lies between £12,000 - £16,000 ($19,365 - $25,820), but may well go higher. In February, Senna’s helmet (in 1991 livery) sold for $114,000, roughly double the pre-auction estimate. A Nomex suit worn by Senna during his Honda Marlboro McLaren days sold for $54,000.

If $20k is too rich for your bank account, Silverstone Auctions’ Spring Sale is also offering up a Williams jacket signed by Senna and Nigel Mansell, a Senna-signed program from the 1992 British Grand Prix and various Senna related models and artwork, all of which is expected to sell at more reasonable prices.
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