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Race Cars Direct is pleased to offer for sale a unique, race winning Formula 1 car, fully restored and ready for the track.

The car is Williams Formula One Car #27, chassis number FW07/01, in which Alan Jones won the 1979 Dutch Grand Prix.

The FW07 was Williams Grand Prix Engineering’s first attempt at a ground-effect car. This example, FW07/01, was raced eight times during 1979, in the hands of Alan Jones and Clay Regazzoni, with Jones claiming victory in the Dutch GP at Zandvoort. FW07/01 went on to race in the 1980 Aurora AFX British F1 Championship, with four poles and three wins.

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The FW07 was Williams Grand Prix Engineering’s first attempt at a ground-effect car. Following the success of the Lotus 79, Patrick Head, the team’s Chief Engineersince its formation in 1977, along with Neil Oatley and Frank Dernie, took these aerodynamic principles and with the help of the wind tunnel at Imperial College London, set about honing his design for what would become the FW07.

The FW07 ultimately propelled Williams into a championship-winning team, in only its second season since the car’s debut.

Between its first race at the Spanish GP in April 1979, until its final outing at the USA GP West in April 1982, the FW07 and its ‘B’ and ‘C’ adaptations, scored an incredible 300 points, securing Williams its first Drivers Championship and its first two Constructors Championships.

The car you see here, #27, chassis number FW07/01, debuted in April 1979 at the USA GP West in Long Beach, although it did not take part in the race, but remained on static display.

During the next race of 1979, the Spanish GP at Jamara, the car finally had its maiden outing, driven by Australian Alan Jones. Unfortunately, a gear selection problem forced retirement on lap 54, although Jones recorded the second fastest lap of the race.

By the 1979 Belgium GP, the sixth race of the calendar, the FW07 was a front-running car. By lap 24, with Jones driving, FW07/01 took the lead for the first time and held it until lap 39, when Jones had to retire with an electrical fault.

This was the first time a Williams-constructed car had led a Grand Prix. Piers Courage led the Italian GP in 1969, but he was driving a Williams-entered Brabham. It took three further races for Williams to secure its first race win.

On 14 July 1979, at the British GP at Silverstone, Swiss driver Clay Regazzoni, in FW07/02, was victorious, after Jones retired with water pump failure. With updates to the FW07 becoming available, Jones was due to race the newer chassis, FW07/03, with FW07/01 available as a spare.

Having spun off at Copse during the Thursday morning test session, Jones switched to the spare car. During the afternoon timed session, Jones continued in FW07/01, while the team checked over his race car, during which time Jones recorded an average speed of 146.8mph and recorded the first sub-1m 12s lap, with a time of 1m 11.88s. This was over six seconds faster than the previous year’s fastest lap, held by Nikki Lauda in his Brabham-Alfa Romeo!

On Friday morning, Jones returned to his race car, but – during a brief halt in the session, after Patrese crashed his Arrows at Becketts – switched back to FW07/01. During the Saturday morning test session, Jones decided to settle for FW07/01 as his race car, having decided that it was running well and had the better engine, following installation of a new Cosworth DFV V8.

Having qualified in pole position, setting a lap record, and after building a commanding lead in the race, during which FW07/01 lapped nine other cars by lap 25, there was a disappointing end for Jones, during what was a glorious weekend for the team, when water pump failure forced him to retire on lap 40, after leading the GP from the start.

Two races later, at the Dutch GP in Zandvoort, Jones and the FW07/01 finally secured the victory they so richly deserved. Like Silverstone, Jones alternated between the race car and the spare, which was again FW07/01.

During Friday’s timed session, Jones was out in the spare car. This continued through to the first session the following morning. By the afternoon timed session, Jones was back in his race car, with Regazzoni in FW07/02.

Jones eventually put his car on the front row behind Arnoux who was on pole position in the Renault. However, even though Jones had a new engine in FW07/04, the team were concerned with its performance and – an hour before the race – switched Jones back to FW07/01 as a precaution.

It was an eventful race for Williams. Regazzoni tangled with Arnoux at the first corner and later lost his front wheel. By half distance, even with a gearbox issue, Jones was managing to stay behind race leader Villeneuve.

On lap 47, Villeneuve spun his Ferrari, allowing Jones to take over the lead, which he held until the chequered flag, with 20 seconds to spare over second place Scheckter in the second Ferrari.

This victory, the first for FW07/01, and a hat-trick for Jones, secured Williams their fourth consecutive win, following Regazzoni’s win at Silverstone and Jones winning in Germany and Austria.

FW07/01 went on to race eight times during the 1979 season and helped secure third place for Jones and fifth place for Regazzoni in the Drivers Championship, each driving the car four times. Williams also finished a highly-commendable second to Ferrari in the Constructors Championship, an achievement made all the more worthy considering that this was the FW07’s maiden year.

Since being retired from Grand Prix racing, FW07/01 went on to race successfully in the 1980 Aurora AFX British F1 Championship. During this time, FW07/01 achieved four pole positions and three victories, with Eliseo Salazar and Emilio de Villota securing two and one wins respectively.

After this stint in the Aurora series and various other race outings, FW07/01 was exhibited as part of the Williams Grand Prix Collection, one of the largest private collections of Formula 1 cars in the world.

FW07/01, along with its sister car FW07/02, took pride of place in a collection which spans the entire history of the Williams Formula 1 team.

In 2013/2014, the car underwent a complete, ground-up restoration by John Cadd of JC Historics. John started his race career at Williams in 1979, coincidentally at the same time that FW07/01 made its debut. He was initially part of the test team, before becoming part of the race team.

John continued this role until he took over custodianship of the Williams Grand Prix Collection, which he continued to do for the next ten years.

The restoration project took over 1,000 man hours and painstakingly restored FW07/01 as close to the original specification as possible, in some cases with original Williams parts. When original parts were not available, replacement items were manufactured to the highest racing standards, using original drawings or templates.

[Thanks must go to Jonathan Williams and Dickie Stanford at Williams Heritage, for their invaluable input into this project].

Both engine and gearbox have been completely rebuilt by specialists Geoff Richardson Engineering and BPA Engineering Ltd and the car now wears the livery which it ran, when Alan Jones and FW07/01 won their first race together at Zandvoort in 1979.

Now fully restored and powered by the ubiquitous Ford-sponsored Cosworth DFV (V8) engine, the #27 FW07/01 is back on the track where it belongs, so that others can admire this truly historic car – as was the case over three decades ago.

On 2 June 2017, the FW07/01 was invited to Silverstone, to mark 40 years of Williams. In front of over 50,000 spectators, the FW07/01 lined up alongside other iconic cars from the team’s Formula 1 history.

Starting with Williams’ very first car, the Patrick Neve March 761/7, followed by the FW06 and the FW07 (this car being one of two 07s invited to take part in the event), culminating in the Massa/Stroll 2017 FW40, some 18 cars in all lined-up in The Wing paddock.

On a day where FW07/01 took to the track alongside cars such the six-wheeled FW08B, Nigel Mansell’s 1992 Championship-winning FW14B and the FW40, FW07/01 rightly took its place as part of the unique heritage which only a team like Williams can offer.

[Thanks must go to Jonathan Williams and Williams Heritage]

MAKE: Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd.
TYPE: Formula 1.
MODEL: FW07. Chassis number FW07/01.
YEAR: 1979.
ENGINE TYPE: Ford Cosworth DFV V8; four-stroke; V configuration (rebuilt by Geoff
Richardson Engineering in 2013).
BHP/TORQUE: 462.5hp @ 8,000rpm / 275nm @ 10,000 rpm.
CHASSIS: 0.45in aviation honeycomb, with 22 gauge aluminium outer skins.
SUSPENSION: coil springs; top rocker; lower wishbones; inboard dampers.
GEARBOX: Hewland FGA-002 five-speed (rebuilt by BPA Engineering Ltd in 2013.
INJECTION : Lucal [mechanical].
LUBRICATION: dry-sump oil cooler, rebuilt in 2013 by Serck Motorsports.
FUEL CELL: single Aero Tec Labs (ATL) fuel cell to FIA Standard FT-3.5-1999.
BRAKES: front and rear hydraulic discs.
STEERING: magnesium rack & pinion; ten-inch steering wheel by Personal.
WHEELS: Dymag die-cast magnesium.
BODY: fibreglass with aluminium honeycomb sections to engine bay; vertical skirt
box with honeycomb inner and carbon-foam sandwich outer skins.
Safety: Lifeline extinguisher system.
Wheelbase: 2,692mm.
Track: front 1,738mm; rear – 1,600mm.
Weight: approx 575kg.
Restoration: 2013-2014.

Long Beach, 8 April 1979
Static Display

Jarama, 29 April 1979
Driver: Alan Jones [Australia]
Qualified: 13th – 1m 16s
Result: Retired [gear selection]

Zolder, 13 May 1979
Driver: Alan Jones [Australia]
Qualified: 4th – 1m 21s
Result: Retired [Electrics]; Led the GP

Silverstone, 14 July 1979
Driver: Alan Jones [Australia]
Qualified: 1st – 1m 11s
Result: Retired [water pump]; Pole; Led the GP

Osterreichring, 12 August 1979
Driver: Clay Regazzoni [Switzerland]
Qualified: 6th – 1m 35s
Result: 5th (+1) – 1h 28m 26s

Zandvoort, 26 August 1979
Driver: Alan Jones [Australia]
Qualified: 2nd – 1m 15s [FW07/04]
Result: 1st (+1) – 1h 41m 19s [FW07/01]

Monza, 9 September 1979
Driver: Clay Regazzoni [Switzerland]
Qualified: 6th – 1m 35s
Result: 3rd (+3) – 1h 22m 50s

Montreal, 30 September 1979
Driver: Clay Regazzoni [Switzerland]
Qualified: 3rd – 1m 30s
Result: 3rd (+0) – 1h 53m 20s

Watkins Glen, 7 October 1979
Driver: Clay Regazzoni [Switzerland]
Qualified: 5th – 1m 37s
Result: Retired [collision]

Supporting Information courtesy of Motorsport Magazine and Racers – The Inside Story of Williams Grand Prix Engineering by Doug Nye. Additional Photography courtesy of MicroGraphix.

To arrange a viewing, please contactl Mike Walters –
Tel +44 (0) 7970 736644

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