1979 Williams-Ford FW07 - chassis 01 - the first ever pole for Williams and the Dutch Grand Prix winner

Ex-Alan Jones, Clay Reggazoni - Highly original and freshly rebuilt

1979 Williams-Ford FW07 - chassis 01 - the first ever pole for Williams and the Dutch Grand Prix winner

Chassis 01 is the car that truly propelled Williams Grand Prix Engineering on their journey to becoming the second most successful Grand Prix team in the history of the sport, second only to Scuderia Ferrari.

Debuting at Jarama in 1979 with Alan Jones, chassis 01 really found its speed at the British Grand Prix where Jones put the car on pole by a whopping 0.6 seconds, Williams’ first ever pole. Leading the race by 20 seconds, a water pump failure robbed Jones of Williams’ first ever win, thankfully Clay Regazzoni coming through to win in the sister car. Jones would finally get the win that he and chassis 01 deserved at the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort – after an incredible battle with Gilles Villeneuve’s Ferrari, eventually ending when the Canadian’s deflating tyre flew off the rim, pitching him into a heart-stopping 360 degree spin inches from Jones. Podiums at Monza and Montréal capped off what should have been a championship-winning campaign for chassis 01 and Jones had it not been for the slow start to the season.

Today chassis 01 remains one of the most original ground-effect Grand Prix cars, and comes complete with a beautiful book produced Jonathan Williams. It is also race-ready, having recently benefitted from a bare-tub rebuild and Geoff Richardson engine refresh, in preparation for Monaco Historique. An important piece of Grand Prix history with impeccable provenance.


1979 History for FW07-01

12th April Ontario Test Alan Jones     
18th April Brands Hatch Test Alan Jones     
27th April Jarama Race Alan Jones  13 DNF
2nd May Zolder Test Alan Jones     
11-13th May Zolder Race Alan Jones  4 DNF
24-27th May Monaco Race Alan Jones     
19-21st June Silverstone Test Alan Jones     
29-01st July Dijon Race Alan Jones     
4-5th July Osterreichring Test Alan Jones     
12-14th July Silverstone Race Alan Jones  POLE DNF
10-12th August Osterreichring Race Clay Regazzoni 6 5
14-16th August  Monza Test Alan Jones     
24-26th August Zandvoort Race Alan Jones  2 WIN
7-9th September Monza Race Clay Regazzoni 6 3
12-13th September Watkins Glen Test Alan Jones     
17th September Donington Test Alan Jones     
28-30th September Montreal Race Clay Regazzoni 3 3
4-7th October  Watkins Glen Race Clay Regazzoni 5 DNF