Vanwall will join the ever-growing list of ‘continuation’ car producers as it endeavours to recreate six of the 1958 championship-winning Vanwall Formula One racers in partnership with historic racing experts, Hall and Hall.
Descendant to the British Vanwall motor racing team of the 1950s, the Vanwall Group announced lucrative plans of their intentions to go ahead with plans to build six new continuation cars to celebrate Vanwall’s six illustrious Formula One wins in 1958. Created by autocratic industrialist Tony Vandervell in the early 1950s, Vanwall the first British-built car to win the British Grand Prix with a British driver, with Sir Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks sharing the honours in 1957.
Another half a dozen victories in 58′ cemented the team’s position as the first winner of the Formula One World Constructors Trophy, and to this day it remains the first of only two Formula One teams ever to have recorded a maximum points score in a championship season. The 19th October 1958 was the day Vanwall clinched the memorable championship win in Morocco.
The Vanwall name is too important to consign to history. The Vanwall story is untold to many, but it is a great British tale of innovation and achievement and shows what happens when the right team come together and push themselves fearlessly to reach a clearly defined goal. On this anniversary, we think the time is right to celebrate this great British story of success.
Faithfully recreating the iconic 1958 championship-winning car with six 100% accurate and authentic continuation cars is a fitting tribute to their historic success. The DNA that made those cars so successful also serves as an inspiring foundation for the future of the Vanwall marque, which I look forward to sharing in due course.
Whilst six are being carefully recreated, only five of the continuation cars will be offered for private sale, with the other forming the core of a Vanwall Historic Racing Team. Each vehicle will be painstakingly built over thousands of hours by historic racing and vehicle restoration experts, Hall and Hall in Lincolnshire, England.
The faithful continuation cars will feature the powerful 270bhp 2,489cc Vanwall engine, all meticulously engineered using original drawings and blueprints from the 1950s. Each of the hand-built continuation cars won’t be cheap and will be sold for a sniff under £2,000,000 each including VAT.
The news arrives just as the family-owned Allard Motor Company built their first new car in over 60 years. The JR continuation model has been hand-built by Sydney’s son, Alan, and grandson Lloyd, alongside his other grandson Gavin, archivist of The Allard Owners Club and utilises traditional materials relating to the original racing specification.
In case you hadn’t realised, the Allard Motor Company was a name created in the 1930s from a love of racing and has reinvented itself for the first time in 60 years, introducing the Allard Sports Cars JR continuation series.
Photo credit – Peter Harholdt