Car News

Buy Alan Jones’ Williams Grand Prix winning F1 car

Fully restored and track ready 1979 Williams Formula One Car #27 is up for auction…was raced by our Alan Jones on four occasions.

THE 1979 WILLIAMS FORMULA ONE CAR #27 is up for auction now. Raced by former F1 world champion, Alan Jones on four occasions, the Aussie drove it to win the 1979 Dutch Formula One Grand Prix. Beyond that though, the thing proved unreliable.

According to which is auctioning off the ex-Williams racer has been restored and is ready for the track. The auction is now open for bids!/auctionDetails/34 and bidding will conclude at 5.00pm BST Saturday 31st march.

According to the record books, 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.

After its race career ended in 1980, 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. In 2013/2014, the car underwent a complete, ground up restoration. The restoration project took over 1000 man hours and FW07/01 was painstakingly restored as close to the original specification as possible. When original parts were not available, replacement items were manufactured, using original drawings or templates. 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 Jones and FW07/01 won their first race together at Zandvoort in 1979.

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]

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.