In Paris on February 5th, Bonhams will offer for sale the ex-Ayrton Senna DAP kart; one of the last karts the mercurial Brazilian ever raced.
By 1981 Senna was in the UK and on his way to winning the Formula Ford Championship, after which he famously ‘retired’ to Brazil before being tempted back to the UK to drive in Formula Ford 2000. What happened over the next 12 years has been well-documented, but whilst he was fighting for that Formula Ford championship he was also tempted to go to Palma and have a stab at the Karting World Championship. The machine he used in the event is the one you see here.
He didn’t win it, losing out to Brit Mike Wilson (who went on to win the championship a further five times) before devoting himself to Formula Ford. After the event his kart was immediately sold to the current owner.
We understand that the motor Senna used was removed and that it has been replaced by an identical item, but aside from that it has apparently been used for only a couple of hours since and is therefore still in ‘as new’ condition.
Bonhams is usually accurate with its estimations and in this case reckons it should go for somewhere in the region of £19,000 to £22,000. On the one hand, that’s huge money for a kart, but then again as a genuine ex-Senna racing machine it might be considered good value. Expect a scrap for this when it crosses the block …