Ferrari had long-dominated the racetrack, and after a failed bid to acquire the Italian manufacturer, Ford’s desire to dethrone the vaunted Scuderia was only heightened. Ford did just that in 1966, with the Ford GT40 campaigned by Shelby American claiming victory at Le Mans for four consecutive years.
When the GT40 entered Mark I production, 50 examples were required to meet FIA homologation, 31 of which were destined for the street. This example was born a road car and has remained so ever since, though the specification implies little drop-off in performance from its racing siblings. Elevating its rarity, the featured GT40 was one of 20 cars allocated to Ford’s Promotion and Disposal Program when new, and one of seven road cars consigned to Shelby American for retail.
RM Sotheby's will be offering this example at their upcoming Monterey auction between the 19-20th August, the estimated value is between $3.25m – $3.75m. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos: Patrick Ernzen ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's.