Original Ford GT40 Roadster up for sale
The first prototype Ford GT40 Roadster ever built is up for sale – with the sale price expected to be in excess of £5million.
This model is particularly special as it is the only Roadster that remains in its original specification and was one of only six to be built.
Adorned in white with dark blue detailing and interior – including the recognisable Ford racing stripes – this GT40 is fitted with a 380bhp V8 engine with a four-speed manual gearbox, independent suspension and disc brakes.
The GT/108 chassis was delivered to Ford Advanced Vehicles – the then-pinnacle of Ford's engineering departments and home to the Le Mans-conquering GT40 programme – in October 1964, with the bodywork fitted the following month.
It was tested at Silverstone the following March alongside the GT/105 coupe chassis, before it was shipped to the United States for Shelby American with a note of 'temporary importation for test purposes.' However, it stayed in the USA on a permanent basis.
From then on it was used as an exhibit or demonstration vehicle with one of Shelby's racing teams or at Ford dealerships across the country.
After a full mechanical check-up and freshening in 2003, it was entered in the Pebble Beach Councours d'Elegance where it finished second in the GT40 class. It was also shown at the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance during the 50th anniversary celebration of the GT40.
The full history of the vehicle was compiled in 2014 by GT40 historian Ronnie Spain before its sale at the RM Sotheby's Monterey auction in the same year.
Many features of this vehicle are unique, including the 1965-style nose and the low tail section, as the other Roadsters were altered significantly.
Although a price isn't quoted by Girardo & Co. where the car is on sale, this GT40 is expected to fetch for in excess of £5million – a figure suitable for the vehicle's heritage.