Classic #F1 Car for sale – 1976 Williams FW05
From the listing:
At the end of 1975 the Hesketh Formula 1 team went out of business. Canadian businessman Walter Wolf bought the assets of the now defunct team and at the same time bought a 60% share of Frank Williams’ team. For the 1976 Formula 1 season the Hesketh 308 C’s became Williams Wolf FW05’s and Jacky Ickx and Michel Leclerc.
Chassis 3 was used extensively throughout the 1976 season with both Ickx and Merzario (replacement for Leclerc) driving the car. The car was never very competitive and a best result of 10th came at the French Grand Prix for Ickx. At the end of the year Jody Scheckter drove the car in testing and managed to get within a second of Tyrell driver Patrick Depailler’s time. Scheckter thought that the Williams drivers of that year just hadn’t been pressing the “loud” pedal hard enough.
Notably at the Nurburgring Merzario stopped chassis 3 after Lauda’s crash and helped extract him from the car. Merzario was presented with a bravery medal for his efforts in saving Lauda’s life.
Following the 1976 Formula 1 season the car was sold to Derek Cook who used it in the National Shellsport G8 Championship and then on to John Cooper who raced in the 1978 Aurora F1 Championship. Neither driver had much success.
The car then went through a line of ownership changes before ending up with the current owner in 2009 who has raced the car in HFO and Masters Series races as well as the Monaco Historique where it is a regular invitee.
Picture not of car listed.
Currently listed at http://www.taylorandcrawley.com/current-stock/Race-Cars/Williams-FW05
PRICE ON REQUEST
Image credit Richard Betts 2010 – https://twitter.com/Richebets