The Williams FW07B was the car that took Alan Jones to the 1980 Formula 1 World Championship – the first World Championship for Williams as well as for Jones. Designed by Patrick Head, the FW07 design was so successful that it remained competitive for three years.
The B version of the car was introduced for 1980, and was immediately successful. In fact, its design was copied by other teams to a greater or lesser degree for the 1981 season.
During 1980 Jones won five races, and team mate Carlos Reuterman won once in the wet at Monaco. Of Jones’ five victories, chassis no. 7 was victorious three times during championship races and twice in non-championship events.
This FW07B still has an original (Williams-supplied) engine fitted to it – a long-stroke DFV unit which today produces in the region of 500bhp. It has been maintained by Cosworth specialist Geoff Richardson. Interestingly, the Ford/Cosworth logos were ground off the cam covers in deference to Williams sponsor Leyland.
The car has been in private ownership for a number of years and has been maintained to the highest standards regardless of cost. It has been raced by its current owner, and has been tested by professional driver Anthony Reid, to ensure it is competitive at HFO races. Most recently, the car finished second in the unofficial timings at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, missing the fastest time by 5/100ths of a second.