Very few models in automotive history claim a comprehensive provenance that encompasses beauty of exterior design, power and flexibility of mechanical specifications, competition success, conception and execution by multiple legends in the field, and rarity. Though a short list of such models is always subjective in nature, there is still a consensus on a small handful of great cars, of which the Ford GT40 is certainly worthy of top consideration. Its sensational appearance and groundbreaking mid/rear-engine layout, powerful Detroit muscle, a design and proving team including Eric Broadley, Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney, and John Wyer, and ultimately four consecutive victories at the 24-Hours of Le Mans combined to propel the GT40 to a stratospheric level of appreciation and esteem within the niche, which endures to this day.
The purposeful mid-engine sports coupe is the finest Anglo-American supercar of the last century, with four straight victories at the Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race between 1966 and ’69. In 1966 alone, it finished 1-2-3 against Ferrari, in one of the most memorable photo finishes in the race’s distinguished history, cementing the car’s place in motorsports history and on the postered walls of teenaged bedrooms the world over.
The Unique Ford GT40 evocation on offer today, is a complete one off- bespoke GT40 Lightweight specification car . It was professionally built as a pure race car 35 years ago- before the days of replica and kit car GT40’s. The car has been suitably finished in the iconic Gulf livery with decals identical to the 66’ Le Mans winning Race car which recently sold for $11,000,000.
Registered in the UK V5 as a Ford GT 40 this continuation car has a full aluminium monocoque, and is not to be confused with lesser incarnations we have seen produced recently.
Mechanically in excellent order, the car runs a 3.5 Litre tuned V8 which allows better weight distribution. The car runs Kent 224 Cams, a gas flow head, racing holly, steel timer gear, AP racing 4 pot callipers and vented discs, along with double wishbone suspension and bilstein gas shock, fully adjustable for toe-in, camber and caster angles. Most notably the sale included in the sale is an original 1965 Ford 289 block, which most significantly is the engine originally used back in 66.
With 2016 marking the 50th anniversary of the GT40’s first win at Le Mans , this car will undoubtedly increase in value over this celebratory period. Being a complete one off, this is the closest we have seen to an original car in many years. Its genesis alone is the stuff of legends and the subject of countless books, summarized most succinctly as a failed buy-out of Ferrari by Henry Ford II, this is your chance to own a unique evocation of the legend. Stunning!