Lot 107

London 2018

Ayrton Senna Kart


£12,000 GBP | Sold

United Kingdom | London, United Kingdom



Bill of Sale Only
  • 10 percent of proceeds to benefit the Instituto Ayrton Senna
Addendum: Please kindly note the Ayrton Senna Kart is pending BTI (Binding Tariff Agreement). The lot will be required to remain under the care of RM Sotheby's following the sale until the BTI has been addressed. This is expected to be completed within the week of 17 September 2018.

Without a doubt the most famous Brazilian racing driver, Ayrton Senna inspired millions worldwide with his driving exploits, winning an incredible three Formula 1 Drivers’ Championships before his tragic passing in 1994.

According to the consignor, a former mechanic and racing driver and a friend of Ayrton, the famed racing driver got behind the wheel of this kart on 19 March 1994 at his farm in the town of Tatui in the state of São Paulo. Senna took the kart for a few laps on a day where he invited some of his friends to come and join in the fun.

Exceptionally well documented, the sale is accompanied by numerous written declarations from friends of Senna who were present on the day, confirming that he drove this kart. Furthermore, the sale included over half an hour of video footage of Senna driving the kart in March of 1994 on his private track as well as several photographs from the day depicting Senna, the kart and his friends.

Placed into storage after being driven by Senna in March of 1994 and never driven thereafter, the cart has been recently restored by the original manufacturer of its chassis (Riomark Kart Mini) and the builder of its engine (Tche Parrilla). Declarations from both attesting to its authenticity are on file. With the restoration work recently completed, the kart has not yet been driven, giving the opportunity for its new owner to be the first to drive this kart after Ayrton Senna himself.

Finally, 10% of the proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Instituto Ayrton Senna. For more than 20 years, the Ayrton Senna Institute has contributed to increase opportunities for children and young people through education. Our mission is to develop the human being as a whole, preparing them to life in the 21st century in all its dimensions. Driven by the wishes of three-time F1 champion Ayrton Senna to build a better Brazil, we work in partnership with public officials, teachers, researchers and other institutions to create evidence-based policies and educational practices. We believe in permanent innovation and constant investigation of new breakthroughs in order to answer the challenges of an ever-changing world.

Starting with the main challenges identified by the managers and teachers with whom we work on a daily basis, we create, organize and validate the necessary knowledge to the advancement of quality in education, in a joint effort with the public education networks. All the knowledge we create is shared with other actors through initiatives aimed at qualification, diffusion, technical collaboration and the transfer of technology.

Our actions are funded through donations, licensing fees and partnerships with the private sector. Taking into account initiatives geared towards both Elementary and High School students, we are present in 16 states and approximately 600 cities, supporting the qualification of around 45 thousand professionals every year and helping the education of more than 1.5 million students annually. www.institutoayrtonsenna.org.br

A fascinating offering representing a unique moment in the life of an icon of motorsport, this kart not only marks a brilliant opportunity to acquire a bona-fide kart with authenticated roots to Ayrton Senna, but also a chance to give back to the Instituto Ayrton Senna, a cause which has benefitted tens of millions since its establishment nearly 25 years ago.