Formula 1 cars don't come much cooler than Nigel Mansell's Williams-Renault FW14B. It was a dominant force during the 1992 season, helping Mansell and his tash win nine of the year's sixteen races and secure the title with more than twice the points of teammate, Riccardo Patrese, who came second. But more important than that, it looked the business, with a distinctive Camel and Canon livery draped over a taut single seater body of near perfect proportions. With that atmospheric 3.5-litre V10 it made some incredible sounds, too.
Imagine, then, if you could buy it. If you had the three or four million quid required to purchase an original example of the FW14B. Some lucky sod probably will this July, because chassis 08 is going under the hammer at Bonham's Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on July 5th, where pundits are hoping it could become the second highest valued F1 car to sell at auction. To do that, it has to beat the £3.6 million paid for an ex-Senna McLaren MP4/8 in 2018.
This car certainly comes with enough history to be a considerable threat. The FW14B was designed by Adrian Newey, which probably adds a zero to its value, plus, it was a bit of a baddy, using controversial Williams active levelling suspension - a system that was subsequently banned from F1 because it gave the car such an advantage over the machines from Ferrari, McLaren-Honda, Benetton and the rest.
Chassis 08 is particularly special because it secured five of Mansell's 1992 wins, making it the most significant in his championship campaign. It competed in 13 of the season's 16 events, with Patrese inheriting it in later races and scoring further points in it on the way to finishing runner up. The car for sale also comes with the engine and six-speed sequential gearbox that was originally fitted to it for the season-opening South African Grand Prix, where it secured pole position, the race win and fastest lap.
Since it was retired from F1 duties, FW14B/08 has remained in constant use, making appearances at Goodwood on numerous occasions and having recently been run, so its oily bits are said to be in good working order. Think of this as a turn key purchase, then, one that just so happens to be one of the world's most formidable racing machines and produces about 700hp when you exercise it. Imagine this on the PH Fleet...
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