A Honda NSX once owned by three times F1 world champion Ayrton Senna is up for sale. The 1992 model has only covered 31,800 miles and is expect to sell for around £85,000 when it is auctioned next month.
The NSX was originally purchased by Senna’s friend and manager Antonio Carlos de Almeida Braga, who bought the car for the F1 legend to use while he visited his family in Portugal. After his tragic death at Imola in 1994, the car remained untouched for two years until it was eventually sold to the current owner who has kept it ever since.
The NSX is powered by a mid-mounted 270bhp 3.0-litre V6 engine, which sends its power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. The spec of the car to be sold mirrored that of a second NSX owned by Senna, featuring a minimalist back leather interior.
Senna’s relationship with NSX didn’t stop at ownership. The F1 champ drove the car during its development and helped influence its handling and chassis setup.
Honda is also in the latter stages of development on the new NSX. Set to arrive in mid-2015, it will adopt an all-new petrol-electric powertrain and four-wheel drive. Power is expected to be upwards of 400bhp, with rivals such as the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 in it sights.
Senna's 1992 NSX is set to go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro & Classic Car Sale on February 22.