Dubbed Led Grandes Marques du Monde Au Grand Palais, the February 5th auction’s lot 302 is a 1981 DAP Kart that was used by Senna and estimated at between €24,000 to €28,000, translating to a reasonable £18,285/$27,730 to £21,335/$32,350 at current rates. This DAP is different when compared to his first-ever 1 HP buzzer and the racing kart he won the 1977 South American Kart Championship.
DAP BH chassis No. 33 was driven by Ayrton in his last ever kart race in Parma, Italy in 1981It was the last ever because that same year, Senna entered the Formula Ford 1600 series, moving to the UK and dedicating his all into making it big with the Van Diemen team. Though 1981 wasn’t a fruitful year, Senna went to win the 1982 British and European Formula Ford 2000 championships, switching to the Toleman TG183B F1 single-seater in 1984.
You could say that this DAP kart is the end of an era for the legendary Brazilian or the start of a new one. Compared to race-ready karts of today, this contraption is made up of simple metal bars, a not-that-comfy seat, a gasoline tank right in front of your gentleman vegetables and a two-stroke putter, though not the original 100 cc unit.
As the seller of this unique piece of racing epicness says, the winning bidder will also receive a copy of the “50 Years of Karting” book, which features both Ayrton Senna and this particular 1981 DAP BH kart.