Unique Ford GT40 press automotive listed on the market

The Ford GT40 famously beat Ferrari on the 24 Hours of Le Mans (finally), however it was additionally meant as a street automotive. A type of uncommon road-going examples is now up on the market within the U.Okay. by way of PistonHeads.

In-built 1967, chassis P/1069 is one among 31 Mk 1 street automobiles. It is also an unique press automotive loaned to journalists for check drives. In keeping with the advert, it was initially given to a Swiss-based agency related to the Scuderia Filipinetti race group for show on the 1967 Geneva auto present. Initially painted Opalescent Silver Blue, it was repainted Metallic Borneo Inexperienced for the present.

1967 Ford GT40 chassis p/1069 (photo via PistonHeads)

1967 Ford GT40 chassis p/1069 (picture by way of PistonHeads)

After its look in Geneva, P/1069 started its profession as a press automotive with Ford’s U.Okay. division. It appeared in automotive magazines, went again to the Geneva present in 1969, and was even examined by two-time Formulation 1 champion Graham Hill, based on the advert.

Chassis P/1069 was bought to a collector in 1971 and repainted yellow. A subsequent proprietor took it classic racing in 2007, together with at that yr’s Goodwood Revival, however the automotive was later returned to road-going spec and repainted in its unique Opalescent Silver Blue coloration.

1967 Ford GT40 chassis p/1069 (photo via PistonHeads)

1967 Ford GT40 chassis p/1069 (picture by way of PistonHeads)

As PistonHeads notes, any unique GT40 is uncommon, with roughly 105 automobiles constructed throughout Mk 1 to Mk IV generations. Chassis P/1069 is among the first-generation Mk 1 automobiles. The improved Mk II is the model that netted Ford its first Le Mans win in 1966, whereas the redesigned Mk IV repeated the feat the next yr. The Mk III was a very-limited-production street model, and solely seven have been constructed.

Consider P/1069’s uncommon story, and it would not be stunning to see this automotive promote for hundreds of thousands of {dollars}. The GT40 that positioned third at Le Mans in 1966 bought for $9.7 million when it final got here up for public sale, whereas a GT40 roadster prototype bought for practically $7 million in 2014. For individuals who cannot shell out that a lot money, there are many extra inexpensive GT40 replicas, together with an electrical conversion.


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