It’s not often you can buy a real piece of Formula One history, and they don’t get much cooler than this. This 1981 DAP Kart may not look like much but, according to Bonhams, it was the last kart Ayrton Senna drove in competition before he raced in single-seaters full-time.
The kart expects to make between £18,000 – £21,000, which is a lot for 35 year old go-kart, but this is Senna we’re talking about. Ayrton Freaking Senna.
1981 DAP Kart
Chassis no. DAP BH 33
Estimate: £18,000 – 21,000
Like many successful racing drivers of recent times, the late Ayrton Senna began his competitive career driving karts. A three-time F1 World Champion and one of the world’s greatest ever racing drivers, Senna drove this particular DAP in his last outing in a kart race: the World Championship event in Parma, Italy in 1981. He was already participating in Formula Ford 1600 racing and would devote himself to that for the rest of the season.
The kart was new and prepared to Senna’s preferences before the Parma race, and immediately after was purchased by the present owner from de Angelo Parilla (of DAP) on 20th September 1981. Harm Schuurmann, competing with Senna at the time in the same team and a longtime friend of the current owner, was present at the deal (see handwritten note and results list on file).
The kart was purchased without the engine; however, an identical engine as used by Senna has been installed. Presented in ‘as new’ condition, having been used for a maximum of two hours since, it represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a piece of the Ayrton Senna legend. A copy of the book ’50 Ans de Karting’, which features both Ayrton Senna and this DAP kart, is included in the sale.