Ayrton Senna’s McLaren MP4/6 on sale as a giant art piece
McLaren has put its past historic models on sale, like the 1997 GTR F1 which hopefully remained intact after sale, unlike this special instance when the winning vehicle driven by Ayrton Senna will be sold off, after it is dismantled and portrayed as a giant artwork. Each year when F1 drivers win a race, their winning cars are either put in museums, sold off to private collectors or simply gifted to the drivers themselves. But, this time it won’t be a consolidated version of the car on sight.
In 1991 when Ayrton Senna won his 3rd and final race, the team at McLaren decided to pass on the vehicle to artist Jay Burridge, who with the help of company workers, dismantled the car and transformed its components into a giant art form, which is perhaps the largest piece of automobile art-piece in the world today. This exhibit will have most of the components from the car’s chassis and put on display the aerodynamic engineering and design elements that went into all of it, and for most F1 racing lovers it will be a center of attraction at the Concours d’ Elegance annual event, conducted by the COYS auction house. The unveiling as happened earlier this year in July at the Bleinham Place, where Dennis Rushen, the former team manager of the Ayrton Senna opened the art-piece to the crowds. The actual sale is yet to happen later this year, where estimates put the price at $50,000-82,000, but just might fetch more looking at how popular McLaren is, among racing fans.