An extremely prized Ford GT40 Prototype is set to head to Mecum Auctions’ upcoming Houston event. As just the 4th GT40 prototype created, the car is a real classic and has a wealth of racing under its belt.
In 1964, Ford entered this particular GT40 into the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Interestingly, it was shipped to France to compete in the legendary race just after 50 miles of testing. In the end, it qualified in 8th place but unfortunately, it retired during the race after catching fire on the long Mulsanne Straight. Nevertheless, in further races, it became the first Ford GT40 to take a podium finish and throughout its life, was driven by Phil Hill, Bruce McLaren, Bob Bondurant, Ken Milles, Jo Schlesser, Richie Ginther, and Richard Attwood among others.
Following on from the 1965 season, this Ford GT40 was given to Kar Kraft for restoration and remained in the hands of Ford until 1971. In the following two years, it shifted hands to three different owners and in 1978 was sold to Bill Jacobs from Chicago you set about restoring it further. However, it remained dissembled for many years and was ultimately restored to its former glory after shifting hands again and being completed in 2010.
Stay tuned to GTspirit for details about when it sells!