1967 New York Motor Show Ford GT40 MKIII Prototype
Having recently been restored by JD Classics to original MK III prototype specification, chassis number XP130/1 was originally developed when MK I production finished and production of the MK II GT40 began. This unused monocoque then became the basis for the left hand drive prototype MKIII road car.
First showcased at the New York Motor Show in April 1967, the car took part in several magazine articles in its early career including Car and Driver and Hi-Performance Cars in June and July of 1967 respectively. Having sustained some roof damage in the late 1960s, the car was put in storage until it was purchased by Prosser Mellon of Gulf Oil in 1973. Restored and sold onto Vintage Car Store in New York in 1976; the car now in its yellow livery was sold to Ralph Bass of New Jersey. Having been modified to MK I race specification in 2003, JD Classics went on to campaign the car competitively when they acquired it in 2010 before restoring it to its original 1966 prototype specification with GT40 expert Ronnie Spain authenticating the car and overseeing the restoration.