The original prototype Ford GT40 Roadster is now on sale- with the sale price expected to be roughly £5 million.
The model is known for being special due to it being the only Roadster that remains in its original specification. It was one of only six to be built.
Coloured in white and dark blue, this GT40 is fitted with a 380bhp V8 engine with a four-speed manual gearbox, with both independent suspension and disc brakes. Not only this, but it comes painted in the recognisable Ford racing stripes.
The GT/108 chassis was delivered to Ford Advanced Vehicles, which was then the pinnacle of Ford’s engineering department. This was incorporated in October 1964, with the bodywork fitted just the following month.
The following March it was tested alongside the GT/105 coupe chassis. This was just before it was shipped to the US for Shelby American with a note of ‘temporary importation for test purposes.’. However, it did stay in the USA permanently.
From that month on it was used as a demonstration vehicle with Shelby’s racing teams and Ford dealerships across the country.
Following a full update in 2003, it was then entered in Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance where it came second in the GT40 class. It was then shown in the 2013 Amelia Island Concourse d’Elegance in the midst o the 50th anniversary celebration of the GT40.
The history of the motor was compiled in 2014 by historian Ronnie Spain. It then went on to be sold at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction the same year.
Numerous features of this motor are unique. These include the 1965-style nose and the low tail section. This is due to other Roadsters being significantly altered.
Even though a price hasn’t been quoted by Girardo & Co, where the car is set to be on sale, it is expected to bring in an excess of £5 million- a figure which is said to be acceptable due to its heritage.
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