Ayrton Senna's title-winning McLaren MP4/6 up for auction in unique art installation

Every year, F1 teams design and build a new set of cars to start the new season. So what happens to the old cars? Well, that varies, but when the car in question just won the championship, it's usually kept intact. Sometimes the team keeps it for posterity, sometimes they gift it to the driver who'd just won them the title, sometimes they end up in museum or private collections. But not this one.

After Ayrton Senna won his third and final title in 1991, McLaren dismantled the MP4/6 with which he did it and gave the parts to an artist named Jay Burridge, who in turn transformed the car into the art installation you see here. Looking like a giant model kit, it would be enough to turn heads on its own even if it weren't such an historic specimen. And now it's going up for auction.

Coys is the house that will handle its sale, the Nürburgring is the location and August 13 is the date. That's when Coys expects it will fetch between £30,000 and £50,000 ($50k-$82k). Which on the one hand seems like a lot, but on the other seems like a bargain considering the car it was built from. Follow the jump for the press release.
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A sculpture that features Ayrton Senna's McLaren MP4/6 from his last season as World Champion is to be sold by the International Car auctioneers COYS at their Nurburgring sale in Germany on August 13th.

The gigantic Airfix sculpture was unveiled to the public on Saturday July 16th at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire when COYS hosted its annual Concours d'Elegance and auction at the historic venue – and there to see it unveiled was Ayrton Senna's former manager, Dennis Rushen.

Dennis, who was team manager in Ayrton's formative years said: "I was really impressed with the Senna sculpture. Such a clever idea and it really stands out as something really different. Often at race meetings Senna would fly his radio controlled helicopter. He was really into models and he would have appreciated the concept.

There has been huge renewed interest in Ayrton Senna since the film "Senna" went on general release at cinemas a few weeks ago and the auction house have received a huge amount of interest in the sculpture since they pictured it in their catalogue.

"It will be sold at our auction at the Nurburgring on August 13th," said Chris Routledge from COYS. "It really is a fantastic sculpture that would not be out of place in a design or motor museum or on the wall of a corporate office. We believe that it will sell for between £30,000 and £50,000.

The Formula 1 car was dismantled by McLaren and given to artist Jay Burridge who turned it into the gigantic "Airfix kit" in 1992.

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