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1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype

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Many great cars in the auction block in Monterey this August. RM Sotheby's will auctionned this stunning and rare 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster, only twelve prototypes were built. A piece of automobile history...

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History of the Ford GT40

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The Ford GT40 was developed in order to beat Ferrari in prototype-class race car and with success, with four consecutive victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The GT40 was produced at 87 examples with the prefix P. But this GT40 Roadster is the early development of this beast, only 12 were built.

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This model, GT/108, was sent to Shelby American in March 1965 for test purposes. But Carroll Shelby has so much fun with it, he asked to his staff in Venice (California) to perform some modifications. The GT/108 was used as promotional exhibition for Shelby's Cobra Team with Ken Miles as driver.

“I can’t help it. That thing is such a ball to drive!” - Lew Spencer, Shelby team driver (source)

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Specification

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This model is equipped with a Cobra-specification Ford 289 cc engine mated to a Colotti T-37 transaxle.

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This is one of the rarest examples of Ford’s iconic race car. Beautiful beast...

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Lot Auction

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Date :15-17 August 2017
Place :Monterey, US
Price :$US 275,000
Link :RM Sotheby's Monterey

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Sources

RM Sotheby's Monterey
Lot : Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype

On Wiki :
Ford GT40
Ken Miles
Carroll Shelby

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Bonus Pics

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