RM Auctions re-wrote the record books yesterday by selling a 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racing Car for $11 million. It’s the highest price paid for an American automobile old at auction. The car in question was used extensively as a camera car for the film LeMans!
In total, seven cars broke the million-dollar-plus mark for one of RM’s most successful nights. The list includes a 1955 Ferrari 410 S which sold for $8,250,000, a $5,170,000 1938 Horch 853A Special Roadster (breaking the record for a Horch sold at auction), a $2,640,000 1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupe, a $1,485,000 1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra, a $1,100,000 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR and finally, a 2001 Audi R8 Le Mans Prototype Racing Car which sold for $1,034,000.
The 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racing Car was the first of several lightweight GT40s built for the J.W.A./Gulf team. It’s finished in the Gulf team colors of Powder Blue with a Marigold stripe with racing history from Daytona to Le Mans. It won its debut race at Spa with Jacky Ickx at the wheel. It features a 289 cu in OHV V8 engine with 440bhp at 6,800 rpm.
Yesterday evening’s sale is just the start. Saturday evenings sale features several big lots. They include a highly coveted 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, an extremely rare 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlientta ‘Tour de France’ and a 1971 Porsche 917/10 Spyder Can-Am Racing Car.