During the 1960s, the original GT40 epitomised Ford’s ‘Total Performance’ programme, created a single purpose: to beat Ferrari in the elite arena of international endurance racing. That goal was realised in 1966 when the GT40 secured its first win at Le Mans, repeating the trick three more years in a row in 1967, 1968 and 1969.
At the 2002 introduction of the modern-day GT40 concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford Vice President of Design, J. Mays, declared that the “GT40 is the ultimate living legend.” He added further that, “It’s a true supercar with appeal equal to that of the greatest sports cars in the world, but with the addition of a heritage no one can match.” Such was the roaring approval from both the press and public alike that CEO Bill Ford decided to give a limited production version the green light to celebrate his company’s 100th birthday.
Ford’s Director of the Special Vehicles Team, John Coletti, harnessed the purity of the GT40 concept and made it street legal. Perhaps the greatest challenge was that the production version had to live up to the legacy of the original GT40. However, in just three months and with a dream team of designers, engineers and state-of-the-art computer-aided design technology, the SVT team met the objectives set by Ford.
When completed, the first three production cars were driven onto the Dearborn Centennial stage with three living legends of the Ford motorsports pantheon: triple Formula 1 World Champion Jackie Stewart, 1967 Le Mans winner Dan Gurney and the great Carroll Shelby.
This amazing Ford GT has never been repainted, and has covered only in the region of 9,000 miles. The car was sold from Germany to Italy. In original condition, never suffering damage and receiving meticulous care, it is ready to be used by its next lucky owner.
Dieser erstaunliche Ford GT wurde nie neu auflackiert und ist nur ungefähr 9.000 Meilen gefahren. Das Auto wurde von Deutschland nach Italien verkauft. Es ist in seinem ursprünglichen Zustand, hat noch nie einen Schaden erlitten, penibel gepflegt worden und ist bereit, um von seinem neuen glücklichen Eigentümer verwendet zu werden.