Senna’s F1 overalls sell for 5x estimated priceby Graham Keilloh on 12th February 2019
The Brazilian’s 1984 Toleman overalls fetch an amazing price at the Artcurial Rétromobile auction
Overalls worn by the late great Ayrton Senna in his debut Formula 1 season have been sold at the Artcurial Rétromobile auction for close to five times their anticipated price.
The overalls were expected to fetch between €15,000 and €25,000 at the Paris sale which took place on February 10, but the actual total went way beyond this – ending up being sold for €97,500.
Senna wore the overalls in his brilliant freshman F1 year in 1984, when he drove for the Toleman team. That campaign included his mesmeric drive to second place in Monaco’s torrential conditions – and he may have won the rain-shortened race had it carried on a little longer – as well as bagging third place finishes at Brands Hatch and Estoril.
On the back of that season Senna earned a move to Team Lotus, with whom he won his first grand prix in just his second drive with the team, again in torrential rain and again at the Estoril circuit in Portugal.
Senna gifted the overalls to a Michelin technician at the end of the ’84 campaign, and it was that technician who sold the overalls last weekend.
The overalls were part of an amazing array of memorabilia just sold at Rétromobile, raced by F1 legends such as Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton through to lesser lights such as Christian Klien and Narain Karthikeyan.
Most of the items sold were helmets and overalls but were joined in many cases by much more besides including steering wheels and even car parts.