This Red 5 Williams F1 car is all show and no go

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A Williams FW14B Formula 1 car, just like the one raced by Nigel Mansell in 1991, could soon be yours. Just don’t expect to drive it, as it was only ever built for display.

Although you won’t find a screaming 3.5-liter, 750-horsepower, Renault V-10 in the back, the car is otherwise a clone of the one Mansell drove to a second-place finish behind Ayrton Senna in the World Championship. A year later, the mustachioed Brit would claim the title himself in the mildly-modified FW14B.

This show car, built by an outside contractor using Williams-supplied parts, is one of only three made and is the only one remaining. All body panels are genuine FW14 components, as are the suspension, carbon Brembo disc brakes and the Alcantara-wrapped carbon seat.

The car is consigned for auction by Williams F1, and although it’s a shame that one of the most successful F1 teams ever is having to sell off its history, it’ll prove good news for one lucky fan. Mansell’s championship-winning FW1B sold at auction in 2019 for £2.7 million ($3.7M), but this replica will be offered without reserve at Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Live Auction on March 27.

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