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Williams treasures up for auction 14 Oct 2005

First time race winner Nigel Mansell (GBR) Williams FW10 (right) challenges pole sitter and third place finisher Ayrton Senna (BRA) Lotus 97T into Paddock Hill Bend. European Grand Prix, Brands Hatch, England, 6 October 1985. World ©  Phipps/Sutton

Williams are to sell off some of their most historic Formula One cars later this year as part of plans to consolidate their Grand Prix Collection, currently housed in a purpose-built museum at the team’s UK headquarters.

Among the machines due to go under the hammer are the FW10B in which Nigel Mansell took his inaugural Grand Prix win at Brands Hatch in 1985, Mansell’s FW14B in which he won six Grands Prix en route to the 1992 world championship, Damon Hill’s FW18 from his world championship season in 1996, as well as cars with winning history in the hands of drivers such as Riccardo Patrese, Alain Prost, Jacques Villeneuve, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher.

“I am delighted our long-standing policy of retaining our race cars allows us to both maintain a world-class museum collection and release some race cars with impeccable provenance from our Reserve collection to private collectors,” said team principal Frank Williams.

Along with the complete cars and rolling chassis to be offered, the sale will also include some 100 plus lots of factory parts and associated memorabilia from the team's own archives ranging from the damaged wishbone from Damon Hill’s clash with Michael Schumacher in the 1994 Australian Grand Prix to the race suit in which Jacques Villeneuve claimed the 1997 World Championship in Jerez.

The sale will take place at Williams’ Oxfordshire base on December 14 and is being run by London auction house Bonhams.