There’s One Surviving Ford GT40 Roadster, and It’s for Sale ""

By | August 15, 2017

1965 Ford GT40 Roadster

You’d be forgiven for not knowing that Ford built a handful of GT40s with roadster bodywork. Ford’s open-topped GT40s were only used as development prototypes, and of the six built, only one survives in original condition. That car, with chassis number GT/108, is listed for sale by U.K. dealer Girardo & Co. and will be displayed during Monterey car week.

If this was simply the only surviving GT40 roadster, it’d be one of the most important GT40s ever built, but its story is much more interesting. GT/108 was built in early 1965 by Ford Advanced Vehicles (FAV) in the U.K. In March 1965, it was tested at Silverstone by Sir John Whitmore and Richard Attwood and soon after was sent to Shelby American in California.

1965 Ford GT40 Roadster

Under Shelby American’s ownership, the car was developed extensively by legendary engineer and driver Ken Miles and displayed at various races around the country. It was also used at an event for Ford VIPs, where Carroll Shelby gave Henry Ford II a ride. It’s believed that this was the only time Ford ever rode in a GT40. Later that year, GT/108 was displayed at the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, where it was driven by that year’s F1 champion, Jim Clark.

1965 Ford GT40 Roadster

All the other GT40 roadsters were later converted to hardtops or cut into pieces to avoid a dispute with the U.S. government over the way they were imported, but somehow, this one survives. Even though it was never actually raced in period, this is easily one of the most important GT40s of all time.

1965 Ford GT40 Roadster

Price is available “upon request,” and according to specialty insurer Hagerty, other Mark I GT40s in concours-quality condition hover around $5 million. Considering this car’s history and rarity, GT/108 is probably worth significantly more than that. If you want to see it, it’ll be at The Quail in Monterey this week.

This story originally appeared on Road & Track.



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