Since the early days of Grand Prix racing many attempts were made to enter the Formula One and pre-war Grand Prix era. The period 1885 – 2021 contains over 650 Unraced projects. Every now and then new projects appear on the surface. To share with you all the stories i decided to summarize the stories per year. Don’t you worry, all the stories will be researched and eventually published. This is the summarized overview of the 1966 season.
So far this is the only unraced project that I was able to uncover of 1966. Willys-Overland do Brazil announced in early 1966 the Willys-Gávea monoposto. The car was claimed to be suitable for the Formula 3, Formula 2 and the Formula One. What made it most interesting is the fact that the car could be suited with different engines. For the Formula 3 the car was fitted with a Renault engine.
The car appeared in the Temporada de Formula 3 series with Wilson Fittipaldi as their driver. While the plans were big, the results in the Formula 3 were far from motivating to keep on developing. The best result, as far as I could uncover, was a 9th place at the second race of the season in Parque Independencia in Argentina. This is probably the reason why the Formula 2 and Fomula 1 development never took place.