1966 Ford GT40
Continuing our search for the best vintage cars around, take a look at this stunning 1966 Ford GT40 which is due to go up for auction in Monterey, California through RM Sotheby’s later this year.
One of only 7 sent to Shelby American in the States and one of only 31 overall ever built, this Ford GT40 was originally designed and built in Blighty using American engines specifically for Le Mans 24-hour race. It did its job too, winning the marathon race four consecutive times between 1966 and 1969 – the first of which was the first European Le Mans win for the American auto-manufacturer.
The example up for sale was used as a day-to-day car in its early life before GT40 restoration expert Robert Ash bought it in for some tarting up and a lick of paint back in 1984. The GT was restored from the exhaust and carburetors down to the factory-issued hoses and wires.
During the restoration, the original candy-apple Red colour also received a new coat and the Black interior got some touching up. Since 1991, this GT40 has been in the hands of its current owner, and recently had its original 400+ hp V8 engine rebuilt, meaning it’ll be raring to go and roadworthy for years to come.
The 1996 Ford GT40 is being sold in RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction on 19th-20th August. No figure has been put on this beauty as of yet but we make rough estimates of around £2 million ($3 million) pretty spot on. Head over to the Sotheby’s Website for more details.