Since 1960, Henry Ford II wanted to have a Ford race at Le Mans. After dealings with Ferrari fell through, Ford decided to produce his own car and began negotiations with Lola Cars manager Eric Broadley. The agreement between the two called for a yearlong collaboration that included the sale of two Lola MK 6 chassis to Ford. Soon after Ford hired ex-Aston Martin team manager John Wyer to work with Ford Motor Co. engineer Roy Lunn on what was to become the Ford GT.
The original GT40 and MK1, designed by Lunn, was prepared at the specially established, Ford Advanced Vehicles in the UK. Abbey Panels constructed the advanced monocoque chassis and the drive train finally chosen was the 289 Ford V8 mated to a Coletti transaxle. During the GT40's racing history a variety of Ford engines and ultimately a ZF transaxle were used. The Ford GT made its debut at Nurburgring in May 1964 and followed up the appearance with 24 Hours of Le Mans. The cars failed to finish both races, a devastating blow to Team Ford. Although they were not successful at Le Mans in '64 or '65, their obvious potential led Ford to continue racing them and in 1966 Ford and the MKII made American racing history with a dominating one, two, and three finish over Ferrari at Le Mans.
Around 100 Race Spec GT40s were completed in period and unsurprisingly (owing to their iconic status and ultra competitiveness) those cars have become extremely valuable and highly sought after.
The Superformance GT40 is the only such later built car licensed and endorsed to use the name "GT40" as a true "continuation" of the original. Each GT40 -P chassis number and is registry eligible.
This stunning FIA specification GT40 was built using a Gelscoe chassis built to full FIA Appendix K specification. Gelscoe are well known for their highly accurate and extremely competitive examples. Arguably more accurate than the Superformance cars which have deviated slightly in favour of on-road performance. However, this car benefits from the best of both worlds and the combination of Gelscoe chassis and a Superformance, and therefore official GT40, I.D.
This example is a fiercely competitive racer. Including all correct components, it is powered by a Mathwall Engineering 4.7 litre V8 with just 7 hours of use since its last rebuild, it produces c.470bhp and impressive torque curve alongside.
Accompanied by an adequate spares package, this example boasts valid HTP papers and is eligible for many historic events. It has most recently seen success being the FIA Masters 3hr Barcelona winner, Spa 6 hours pole sitter, and a front runer at the Goodwood Members Meeting races.
The car is UK registered and has been extremely well maintained with no expense spared since its delivery in 2002. Presented in superb condition and having benefitted from a full refresh over winter, this example is on the button and is ready for the season ahead. It is available to view at our showrooms just outside London immediately.