Acura NSX Driven By Late F1 Great Ayrton Senna Headed to Auction
One of the great racing movies of modern time debuted last year, and has firmly locked itself among the greats. “Rush” was a terrific racing movie, and one that will hopefully jumpstart the genre again– but even Ron Howard needed to get the idea from somewhere. That “somewhere” was the 2010 documentary “Senna.” It was the story of the life and death of Ayrton Senna, arguably the best Formula 1 driver who ever lived.
In the late 1980s, Senna was the fastest man in an F1 car. He could not be beaten, and was so consumed with the perfect lap and the perfect laptime, that other competitors on the track were merely nuisances.
All three of Senna’s F1 championships were powered by a Honda motor. For their involvement, Honda called upon Senna to tune a V6 supercar that they were working on– it would go by the name of NSX. Senna is credited with stiffening the chassis of the NSX through five-a-day testing sessions at Japan’s Suzuka GP circuit, and Germany’s Nurgburgring.
For his contributions to the iconic Japanese supercar, Senna was gifted a pair of NSXs. But according to Silverstone Auctions, it is another NSX that is now up for sale. A close friend and mentor of sorts, Antonio Carlos de Almeida Braga purchased a black 1993 Acura NSX for Senna to use when he was visiting Braga in Portugal.
Following Senna’s untimely death in 1994, Braga did not allow anyone to touch the car. It sat there before being sold, then quickly sold again. That second buyer held onto it for another seventeen years, who is now making it available for auction.
The auction house has the certificate of sale, and there are 31,000 miles on the odometer. According to Silverstone, Braga purchased this NSX and had it built to the exact specification of one of the two that were given to Senna by Honda. It is unclear exactly how many times Senna drove this car, which would have a great impact on the actual price. The auction house is estimating the value of this NSX between £75,000 and £85,000 ($124,300-$141,000). The car will be auctioned off at the Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro & Classic Car Sale, February 22 and 23, 2014.