First ever Ford GT40 Roadster is currently up for grabs

Article by Christian A., on August 16, 2017

Today, it is the new Ford GT that people are talking about. The model packs 647 horsepower (482 kilowatts) and comes with a hefty price tag of $500,000 - definitely a car many people want but can't afford. But even with all the hype it’s getting, it cannot compare to the first ever Ford GT40 Roadster that was ever built. That fact alone makes it extra special, but even more because it is completely original and is good as new.

The best part is that it is on sale, and we are confident that it won't last very long in the second hand market before it’s snatched up. The roadster is currently being sold on Classic Driver by way of Girardo and Co. It is one of only six prototypes built. This is actually the last one with all-original parts, which include the 4.2 liter V8.

On the outside, it has an off-white livery contrasted with blue racing stripes down the middle. To match this livery, it had been given a set of 6.5-inch Borrani wire wheels at the front, and eight inches at the rear. The wheels can be seen wearing Goodyear racing tires. This 1965 GT40 comes with a great history too, as it had been driven by world champion Jim Clark and inspected by Ronnie Spain, a GT40 expert.

Being one of the first twelve prototypes, this model comes with the "P" designation found on production models. It also comes with a chassis number 108 found just by the “P”, and the chassis is purely made out of steel. The GT40s were first assembled on November 2, 1964, and were completed in March 1965. After the car had been assembled, it had been tested at the Silverstone circuit by Sir John Whitmore, a 1961 British Touring Car champion, as well as Richard “Dickie” Atwood, 1970 Le Mans winner.

This specific Ford GT40 had gone through a lot of big names in the industry, which makes it even more special. Later on, it had been repaired by Shelby American and it’s noted to only be used for test purposes for a limited period. It had then been used extensively on the show circuit in the United States, and has made appearances at events like South Course Concours d’Elegance in Newport Beach, California, and also the Detroit Auto Show.

George Sawyer of Detroit is the first person who owned the car in 1969. Later in 1989, John McCaws took ownership of it. This was when Ronnie Spain did his inspection of the car. After several years, the car is again looking for a new owner. The post by Girardo & Co doesn’t indicate the price.

Source: Classic Driver

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