The 1984 Toleman TG183B 05 car with which the late Brazilian Formula 1 driver
scored his first championship points is up for sale.
The TG183B was designed by Rory Byrne and Pat Symonds for privateer F1 team Toleman. They were struggling to match the bigger teams until team managing director Alex Hawkridge signed rising star and the then-current F3 Champion 24-year-old Ayrton Senna. Senna made his F1 debut with Toleman in this very car, launching both himself and the team into the spotlight within the first two races and marking the start of his F1 career and an icon.
"We couldn't hire a superstar [too expensive] or even a current experienced driver on a minimum retainer - our cars wouldn't get a fair showing in the hands of an average Formula 1 driver,' said Hawkridge in 1990. 'We had to go for young talent. We had to have someone good enough to progress the car, and we knew that Ayrton was capable of doing that."
Chassis no.5 made its debut at The Grand Premio do Brazil in Rio De Janeiro, then subsequently Senna and Toleman went on to race the car at the first four rounds of the 1984 F1 season including Kyalami where Senna finished a credible 6th scoring his first world championship point. This was followed by Zolder where Senna finished 7th but was later moved to 6th, Senna's final race in TG183B 05 was at the San Marino GP Imola.
The car was then retired and retained by the team until it was sold to the US and restored in the early 90's by Mike Earl's North American bases team in Los Angeles. It was now been repatriated back to the UK, where it is up for sale via Cars International.
Source: Cars International