Used Ford GT40 For Sale

Published: 09th August 2010
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Have you ever spotted a Ford GT40 for sale locally? Consider yourself fortunate, if you have. It doesn't happen often anymore, if it ever did, and most people have to go out of their way to experience this amazing vehicle, which grows rarer with each passing day. It's not as if most of us would be able to afford it, but it's something just to be able to see it, touch it, and smell it up close.

The Ford GT40 is a high-performance racing car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1966 to 1969. Ford had specifically designed the vehicle to topple Ferrari who had dominated Le Mans from 1960 to 1965. The GT element of the name stands for Grand Touring, and the 40 designation represents the overall height of the car, an important Le Mans restriction.

The four primary GT40 models were the Mark I-IV. The Mark I was the original GT40. There were 12 prototypes of the Mark I, and these included a 4.2L V8 engine under the hood. However, on the production models, Ford used the Mustang's 4.7L engine.

There were an additional five Mark I prototype models, distinguished by their roadster bodywork, built by the Ford GT40 design team. The Ford X-1 is the most notable of these five prototypes. Entered by the McLaren team, and driven by Chris Amon, the Ford X-1 won the Fall-1965 North American Pro Series.

For the Mark II, the follow-up to that original GT40, Ford switched from the Mustang engine to the 7.0L engine that they used in the Ford Galaxie. For two specific Mark II models, which they raced at Daytona in 1967, Ford fitted them with Mercury 7.0L engines. These engines were essentially the same, but the distinction is noteworthy to collectors.

Ford designed the GT40 Mark III for road use, but only manufactured seven models. Ford detuned the 4.7L engine from the Mark I to 335 horsepower, and they softened the suspension system. At the time, consumers interested in a GT40 for road use were already buying modified Mark Is that Wyer Ltd. manufactured. The Mark IIIs looked entirely different, and they were not very popular until years later when their rarity was more important than their aesthetics.

Before the GT40 Mark IV, there was the J-car. There were many hands in the pot at this point, and Ford wanted to bring the GT40 in-house by lessening their involvement with the European automotive firms. In partnership with the Brunswick Aircraft Corporation, Ford built the J-car prototype with the innovative use of honeycomb aluminum panels. The designers reused the 7.0L engines from the earlier design. The name J-car was in reference to the Appendix J regulations that add been added to the rules at the time by FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile).

The Mark IV GT40 built on the J-car chassis, raced in only two events, but won both of them. These races were the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1967 12 Hours of Sebring. Unlike the earlier GT40s, the Mark IV was entirely American, having been built by Shelby.

In 1995, Ford unveiled the GT90 concept car at the Detroit Auto Show. It was a then modern take on the classic Ford GT40, but nothing really came of it. Nine years later, Ford began manufacturing the Ford GT, which was a modern homage to the Ford GT40, and they sold it from 2004 to 2006.

Finding a classic Ford GT40 for sale has never been simple, but finding a Ford GT40 for sale has become near impossible as the years pass, already exorbitant prices rise, and rarity grows.

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