• Apr 28, 2009
1990 Ferrari 641/2 Chassis #121 – Click above for a high-res image gallery

Think this year's F1 season has been exciting? Truth be told it's been a refreshing change-up from the domination of the giants. But if anything, that just makes us more nostalgic for the clash of the titans that characterized past seasons. And none were as fierce as the rivalry between Ayrton Senna at McLaren and Alain Prost at Ferrari.

After a highly competitive 1989 season with both drivers at McLaren and Prost crowned champion, the Frenchman switched to Ferrari for 1990 to team up with Nigel Mansell. It was a dream team in Maranello, and the rivalry between Prost and Senna was intensified. By the penultimate round in Japan, all Senna needed was for Prost not to finish the race and the title would be his, even if Senna himself didn't finish either. Senna was on pole, Prost right next to him. The lights flashed green, both drivers sped into the first corner where Senna closed the door on Prost and the two collided. Their race was over, and the title was handed to Senna. It was a highly controversial way to decide the championship, both drivers insisting the other was at fault. And this is the car it happened in.

In 1990, Prost drove Ferrari 641/2 chassis #121 to two third-place finishes, two second places and one victory. And it was in the car he was driving when Senna knocked him out of the running. Since that fateful season, it has resided in several prominent collections in the U.S. and Japan, before undergoing a €110,000 restoration at the Ferrari factory, where the car will be up for sale next month as part of the Leggenda e Passione auction event that will also feature the '67 330 P4 and '57 250 Testa Rossa we reported on earlier. Chassis 121 is expected to fetch €300.000-€400.000. Follow the link for more information, and check out the images in the gallery below.




[Source: RM Auctions | Images: Tom Wood/RM Auctions]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree Rick. Thats such a beautiful, clean look.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The cars from that period were so much cleaner in design. Most of my F1 scaled collection is from that time period.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering what this car is and the history, that seems like bit of a bargain, 60's muscle cars regularly get more than that at auction and who the hell drove them?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree this looks much better than today's F1 machinery. I still think the mid 60's pre wing cars are the most beautiful F1 machines ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's cars like this why i love F1.

      They are not street cars but represent their maker so well.

      It just beautiful.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I want the cars to have wide track again!
      • 5 Years Ago
      How did we get from that to the beaten with an ugly stick cars of today's F1? Oh right, Bernie & Max are into some weird stuff...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is a decent daily driver if you dont mind 3 inch ground clearance. I wonder if you can register this car for street use with a custom, kit car title? I probably stick two flashlights on the front wing and claimed it's the headlights.

      Looking at this car I cant imagine how hard it is braking from 180mph to a 50mph corner while holding the wheel in one hand, no power steering, no ABS and down shifting a H gearbox using a clutch all at the same time. It took a real man to drive this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally a decent daily driver hits the market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So in 2028 can I buy last year's Ferrari F1 car?! :D