- The last Frank Williams Racing F1 car
- Unique and driven by legendary drivers Jacky Ickx and Arturo Merzario
- Continuous ownership from new to present
- Multiple past participant and very eligible for Monaco Historic GP 2021
We have the pleasure to offer this unique 1976 Wolf-Williams FW05 chassis 3 for sale.
At the end of 1975, wealthy Canadian businessman Walter Wolf bought the assets of the Hesketh racing team who had run out of money and had quit the sport. Amongst those assets was the Hesketh 308C/1 and an unbuilt spare tub, 308C/2. Wolf also bought 60% of Frank Williams Racing and reformed the team as Walter Wolf Racing for 1976 with the 308C becoming the Williams FW05. Chassis 308C/1 was re-numbered FW05/1 with the spare tub 308C/2 then built up by Williams as FW05/2. By the mid-point of the season Williams built a new car from scratch, FW05/3, which also was the last car built by Frank Williams Racing in its original format. FW05/3 was raced in the 1976 F1 season by legendary drivers Jacky Ickx (French and British GP) and Arturo Merzario for the remainder of the season.
At the end of 1976, FW05/3 was sold to Derek Cook who raced the car in the 1977 Shellsport G8 championship and then by John Cooper in the 1978 Aurora AFX championship after which it was retired from competiton. FW05/3 then reappeared on the historic racing scene in the mid 80ies and passed through several owners until bought by the current owner in 2015 (the full ownership history is listed further below in the History section).
As both FW05/1 and FW05/2 have been returned to their Hesketh 308C specification and livery, this stunning Williams FW05/3 is truly a one-off car.
FW05/3 has participated no less than 5 consecutive times in the Monaco Historic GP since 2008 (including a podium finish) and was fully rebuild after its 2016 participation. Since then, the car has been used sparingly and it was also present at the Monaco HGP 2018 where it took part in the demonstration runs driven by Riccardo Patrese after which the car was put into storage. Unused for approximately two years, the Richardson DFV engine (which has 400 miles left) needs replacing the valve springs while the car itself needs a go through, crack-test, new fuel cell and updating of the fire extinguisher system. The gearbox has brand new internals with only 1 hour running.
Spares include one full set of wets mounted on rims, one full set of slicks mounted on rims, various boxes of suspension components, some spare bodywork and wings etc., plus the normal accompaniment of old spares accumulated over many years. It is currently located in England and can be viewed at any time subject to appointment.
Given its multiple past participations at Monaco FW05/3 is very eligible for the 2021 Monaco Historic GP where it would be a competitive entry in Race F (1973-1976).
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a unique Frank Williams Racing Formula 1 car which has been driven in the 1976 “Hunt versus Lauda” year by two famous drivers of the period.
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