In 1958 the British Vanwall F1 team won the first World Constructors Championship Trophy. The company's founder, industrialist Tony Vandervell, had a clear ambition. he wanted to create the finest Grand Prix race team and win. He was especially focused on beating Ferrari whose red cars so often ruled the circuits of Europe.
The industrialist lent his considerable resources to creating the finest cars and hiring the best drivers. A key component was his love of engineering innovation. The Vanwall team name was created from the fusion of Vandervell and Thinwall, the globally renowned bearings business that supplied top teams like Ferrari.
Vanwall was a very special team. On the track their leader was Sir Stirling Moss, off it were team owner Tony Vandervell and manager David Yorke. In its day, Vanwall was a byword in the paddock for innovative engineering, with the Colin Chapman-designed chassis complementing the aerodynamics by Frank Costin.
Ten years perseverance went into 1958 and beating ‘those bloody red cars’. It was Britain vs Italy, Vanwall vs Ferrari, Green vs Red. The green cars won.
To celebrate the Vanwall victory and what it has meant to Britain's F1 teams we are building just six Vanwalls, Only five of the continuation cars will be offered for private sale, with the sixth car 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.
Current MD of Vanwall Group Iain Sanderson is a former world champion offshore powerboat racer, as well as being an early pioneer in electric vehicles, when he commissioned the Lightning GT electric supercar in 2008.