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The '89 Tyrrell Type 018, of which only five were built, was an extremely beautiful machine with a lot of innovative ideas put into it by two genius engineers...!

In the 1989 post-season, Dr. Harvey Postlethwaite, who had been with Ferrari until the following year and is regarded as one of the greatest F1 engineers of all time, moved to Tyrrell with the genius car designer Jean-Claude Migeot under the “anti-John Bernard regime”. Unlike works teams, Tyrrell and Postlethwaite had a limited budget, but they developed various aerodynamic design ideas that they had accumulated over the years, based on the development models of Ferrari that they had designed. These ideas blossomed under the team owner Ken Tyrrell, who had been actively introducing ambitious new technologies.

The Tyrrell Type 018 is one of the best up-and-coming cars among the many masterpieces created by Dr. Harvey Postlethwaite and Jean-Claude Migeot. The Tyrrell Type 018 is a breathtakingly beautiful and harmonious design that is the culmination of Harvey’s best work, which can be called “the ultimate in basic”, and Jean’s aerodynamic magic. The Tyrrell Type 018 is the culmination of racing cars’ “ultimate beauty”….

The Tyrrell Type 018’s characteristic sharp front nose, which had never existed in formula car design before, was created by a single shock absorber and coil spring that fit inside the front nose through the wing-shaped left and right pushrods. With this bold idea, the aerodynamic design of the pencil-shaped nose, the “Mono-Shock” was born from the ideas of these two geniuses, and was first introduced in the Tyrrell Type 018, which later became a trend in F1 design….

In the 70’s, Lotus’ Colin Chapman came up with the idea of a ground effect car, which was banned in the early 80’s due to the flat bottom rule.

A closer look at the Tyrrell Type 018 shows that the dynamic rear end diffuser and the well-proportioned aerodynamic body provided enough downforce for the car to have a simple rear wing. This balance matches the design of the pencil-shaped front nose very well, accentuating the beauty of the car that gives the viewer a feeling of speed…!

The cutoff switch is visible on the side.

It was said to be one of the fastest machines on the straight... Tyrrell Type 018.

In the F1 paddock in 1989, this sleek and aerodynamic Tyrrell Type 018 was a very fast car, even though it was powered by an underpowered customer Ford engine compared to the works cars…!

Team Tyrrell had not led a Grand Prix since Michele Alboreto won the 1983 Detroit Grand Prix….

That was it…

At the start of the 1989 season with the Type 018, Jonathan Palmer finished 6th in his debut race despite not being sponsored, and Michele Alboreto finished on the podium in 3rd place in his debut race in Mexico. In the middle of the season, Jean Alesi, a newcomer to the sport, stepped up from F3000 like a comet, and in his debut race at the French Grand Prix, he immediately produced a dramatic result with a 4th place finish…!

Their performance left a lasting impression on the history and people’s memory, and it propelled Team Tyrrell to the 5th place in the constructors’ ranking that year, and the Tyrrell Type 018 was said to be one of the fastest machines on the straight among the 3.5L engines specified at that time.

Compared to the works engine, the Cosworth Ford DFR engine was not as powerful, but the Tyrrell 018, with its excellent aerodynamics, showed its strength on circuits with many slow corners, where the power difference was not so obvious.

The drama came in the second season of the Tyrrell Type 018 at the 1990 U.S. Grand Prix in Phoenix, Arizona, the opening race of the season.

The Type 018, which had started the previous year with no sponsorship and a single blue Tyrrell color, was given the Camel color for the French Grand Prix, the Autobacs color for the Japanese Grand Prix as a spot color, and then…. With Satoru Nakajima’s transfer from Lotus, Epson, PIAA, and Nihon Shinpan became the new sponsors of Tyrrell, and in later years, the car’s body color was changed to the most beautiful blue with white, with Satoru Nakajima in car number 3 and up-and-coming newcomer Jean Alesi in car number 4.

In the previous year’s final Japanese Grand Prix, Ayrton Senna had crashed in a fierce battle with teammate Alain Prost in the same McLaren MP4, losing the front nose and finishing 2nd in the final race, but was disqualified. In the opening round, the American Grand Prix, Ayrton Senna caught the only car ahead of him, the newcomer Jean Alesi in car number 4 of the Tyrrell 018 with the underpowered Cosworth Ford engine.

The champion, Ayrton Senna, closes in and overtakes, but is passed again by Jean Alesi at the next corner. This was the moment when the champion’s pride was destroyed by a new driver….

This dramatic scene in the history of F1 was the moment when Ayrton Senna’s “fighting spirit was ignited”….

The Tyrrell Type 018 of Ayrton Senna, with his fighting spirit ignited, overtook Jean Alesi on lap 35 with the air of a champion and finished the race.

The Tyrrell Type 018, a condensed masterpiece of meticulous attention to detail, in which Dr. Harvey Postlethwaite placed his complete trust, became the source of the Tyrrell Type 019 with unheralded wing, which was said to be a revolution in downforce generation after the ground effect cars of the 1970s.


Masterpiece by Harvey Postlethwaite & Jean-Claude Mijot

Survivor of History... Tyrrell 018 chassis #4 ... was in Japan!

The Tyrrell 018 chassis number 4 introduced here has a history of being brought to the Okayama International Circuit, which was built in 1990 to host a full-scale F1 race in Japan, through a direct connection with Ken Tyrrell, the owner of Tyrrell Racing, who was a close friend of the circuit. Initially, the program was designed for special members of the Okayama International Circuit, and was supposed to be used as a privilege to drive around the track after undergoing specialized training, but there is no clear history of its use. After that, this chassis number 4 was used as a display car at various events, and you may have seen it somewhere….

According to the person in charge, it was probably a spare T-car due to its good condition. However, the engine has not been fired up for several years. If you want to drive this car, you need to maintain the engine, gearbox, and suspension, which are necessary for a vintage racing car like this.

Thanks to the classic car culture that has taken root in the UK, the Cosworth Ford DFR engine is still supplied by Cosworth in the UK, so it seems to be the most effective option to bring back the driving experience of the past.

The current tires are not included for safety reasons, with the exception of the Speedline 13-inch racing wheels. Please consider using historic racing tires, which are still available from Avon in the UK.

In addition, the sponsor decals shown in the photos are not included with the car. For private use, please refer to the materials of the time to create a color scheme and image reminiscent of the past.


Jet fighters ・・・・ rockets … and Formula 1.

These are the three vehicles that men have dreamed about since they were little…. These are the three vehicles that men have dreamed about since they were little….

I was told that there is a much narrower gate for F1 pilots than for jet fighters, which made me feel even more strongly about it.

By the courtesy of the person in charge, I was able to sit in the cockpit of this Tyrrell Type 018, and although I only sat in the cockpit, I was really impressed and moved…!

The feeling of stretching your legs out straight in a narrow tunnel… The seat has no seat surface. The seat has no seat surface, the hip point is low, maybe 5 cm from the road surface… and the space is very tight, it’s a very comfortable and impressive space…!

The pedal layout is very realistic and feels just like a Lotus Super Seven or a European one, and the wood 6-speed shifter and the lock-to-lock steering with just one turn really adds to the fantasy…. The mechanical injection and even the coils of the Cosworth Ford engine of yesteryear are so familiar to me….

“How wonderful it would be if I could actually run one of these…!

My imagination grew and grew…! It was a space that sublimated my dreams…!

With a vintage Formula 1 in the garage, the never-ending fun of reviving the driving of yesteryear may be closer than you think.

This machine is currently owned by a well-established and well-known corporation in the racing industry.

If you are interested in running this Tyrrell Type 018 on a private circuit, please contact us.

If you are interested in driving this Tyrrell Type 018 on the circuit, they can provide various support for the new owner, including machine maintenance and circuit rental.

You can look at a historic Formula 1 car at night, get lost in your thoughts, and take it to the track on the weekend.

It is my great hope that this kind of historic racing car culture will spread in Japan…

I hope that this kind of historic racing car culture will spread in Japan….

Please come and see your dream come true….


This wonderful “1989 TYRELL TYPE 018 Formula-1 Car Chassis #4” is currently located in Shizuoka Prefecture.

This vehicle was requested for sale by a corporation, so the price shown includes consumption tax.

Please understand that the car will be delivered on site as-is. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. However, we have a specialized transport vehicle, so please consult us if you wish. Please feel free to contact us.

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The content of the article is made based on the owner’s comments and what we saw and heard during the interview time of about one hour. Therefore, it may not be 100% accurate description of the actual condition of the car, and not all the content of the article is backed up. Please be aware that comments on the condition of the vehicle are based on the conditions at the time of the interview and the subjective view of the person in charge of the interview, and may differ from the photos and articles after a period of time has passed.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the vehicle or if you would like to check the vehicle. Please note that this is a private transaction, so in order to prevent people from getting cold feet, we only allow people who are considering buying to check out the car.

The above article is based on the owner’s comments. We have not verified the maintenance history, restoration history, etc. on this site.


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