Description: We are excited to offer this unique 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 unbuilt spare-tub 308C/2 then built up by Williams as FW05/2.
By the mid-point of the season FW05/3 was built and would be the only one of the three FW05s to be made from scratch by Williams and the only proper FW05 as opposed to a renamed 308C. FW05/3 was also the last car built by Frank Williams Racing in its original format and was raced by Jacky Ickx and Arturo Merzario for the remainder of the 1976 F1 season.
As both FW05/1 and FW05/2 have been returned to their Hesketh 308C specification and livery, FW05/3 is the only example remaining.
A full race and ownership history is available upon request.
This stunning Wolf-Williams FW05 F1 is presented and sold by its current UK owner in 100% race ready condition as evidenced by the following condition description:
FW05/3 been maintained with no expense spared and underwent a full rebuild after its Monaco 2016 participation. Renewed crack testing is being finished which is valid until May 2019. Extinguisher expires in 2018 and belts are valid until 2020 as is the fuel cell. The Cosworth short-stroke engine is a Richardson built unit with 600 miles on it (so 400 miles left). 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 could be viewed at any time subject to appointment.
FW05/3 has participated in the Monaco Historic GP five consecutive times since 2008 with great success including a podium finish.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a race-ready, unique and iconic F1 Williams which has been driven in the “Hunt versus Lauda” 1976 year by two famous drivers of the period.
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