Le Man’s Legend: The 1966 Ford GT40

Ford GT40

Words by Eduardo Lim, Creative Director, EDOHAUS
Photos by RM Sotheby’s

 

In the earlier years prior to 1966, European cars dominated endurance races. They were practically invincible; one of these car companies was Ferrari. Having won nine championships; they were a force to reckon with. In the spring of ’63, reports circulated that Enzo Ferrari wanted to sell his company to Henry Ford. It was also known that the American car mogul that was fascinated by the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the early 1960s.

 

However, things didn’t go according to plan. Ferrari kept his company and Ford ended up sour with the whole ordeal. As a result, he decided to make a car to rival the champion. Ford partnered with British car manufacturer Lola. With Lola MK6 GT mated with Ford’s V8 engine as the starting point, their marriage created the iconic Ford GT40. GT stands for Grand Tourer and 40 for its height of 40 inches (101.6cm)

 

A series of retirement during the races became rampant for the first couple of years of the Ford GT40. Because of this, another legend Carroll Shelby was brought in to assist the program. They finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, took the championship for another three consecutive years, and ending Ferrari’s six year reign. This cemented Ford GT40’s legacy as one of the American legends to conquer the European endurance race.

 

This Ford GT40 with chassis number P/1057 is one of the 31 Mark I units with similar mechanical and race-spec parts while being configured as road legal. Robert Ash, a renowned GT40 restorer, made a few minor altercation/upgrades during its acquisition until it was later sold to a Washington-based collector. Detailed here is the history of its ownership and restorer. Bidding is on 19th August with a starting price of $3,250,000.

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