Ayrton Senna’s first Formula 1 car, the one he used to stun the world with his near victory at the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, is up for sale at a private showroom in London. This 1984 Toleman-Hart TG184-2 was the car used in Senna’s debut Formula 1 season.
Powered by a 600-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the TG184 was Formula 1 Constructor Toleman’s only entrant in the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix. Newcomer Ayrton Senna qualified near the middle of the 20-man pack in 13th place, with a qualifying time of 1:25:009. Senna was up against a field of Formula 1 legends, including Niki Lauda, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Rene Arnoux, and Nelson Piquet.
On race day, a 45-minute delay due to heavy rain set the participants on edge, as the track was nearly flooded. After a series of physical contacts between leading cars, McLaren-TAG driver and longtime Senna rival Alain Prost led the race until the McLaren’s heavy brake imbalance and dangerously wet track caused Prost to wave down the track officials at the end of the 31st lap. While Prost slowed, Senna made his way through the course, finally passing Prost at the end of the 32nd lap. Course clerk Jacky Ickx called the red flag in a controversial move at the end of the 32nd lap, causing the previous lap to be counted as the final standings, and thus denying Senna the win.
The Toleman-Hart TG184 went on to podium finishes at the British Grand Prix and the Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying, where Senna finished 3rd.
Senna’s Toleman-Hart is up for sale from Prindiville Prestige for $1,506,090.