Lot 284 - 1970 Ford GT40 Mk III Recreation
|Odometer reading||1,500 miles|
|Estimate||£58,000 - £68,000|
The Ford GT40 is synonymous with Le Mans but was first seen at the Nurburgring in May 1964. Two unsuccessful years followed until in 1966 the GT40 took 1st, 2nd and 3rd places at Le Mans in its Mk. II form. In 1967 a new Mk.III road version was built which differed from the previous road and race cars. The two square headlights were replaced with four circular units. The exhaust and rear bodywork was re-designed to enable space for a boot. Inside the most significant change was that the gearchange was mounted centrally allowing either left hand or right hand cars to be built. To make the car more road user friendly, the engine was de-tuned and the suspension made slightly softer. Mk. III production ceased in 1969 with only seven examples having been built.
On offer today is what may be considered one of the finest recreations of a Ford Mk. III GT40 in existence. This GT40 has been professionally constructed by John Arnold Motorsport to accurately replicate the Von Karajan Mk. III (but in RHD) as may be seen in the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA. Built upon a modified GTD chassis with a superbly finished and accurately detailed KVA Mk. III body, the detail work may be considered pedantic and include correct Marchal lamps and chromed brass framed opening side windows. All catches and openers etc. are as the original including rear clip catches from a BAC 1-11 aircraft also as per the originals. Remanufactured over-riders modified from Ford Anglia items are also fitted, just as they were in the 1960's.
Power is provided by a Ford 351 Cleveland engine tuned by Osseli engineering to in excess of 350bhp; fear not though,as the build has made this unit beautifully smooth and tractable. The Renault 21T Gearbox has been rebuilt by Chris Cole at Mach Transmissions and is fitted with higher 5th gear ratio and a strengthened main shaft that provides the gearing and the drive is via new drive shafts professionally manufactured (not welded) by GKN Driveline services. The radiator is fitted with automatic bleed nipples which ensure that no air gets trapped in the cooling system. Cooling is further aided with twin thermostatically controlled fans. Stopping power is provided by Cosworth brakes with twin servos. All suspension joints are designed for practical road use, i.e., not fitted with rose joints that lead to a harsh ride and wear out quickly. On the inside the interior is exactly as per original with a central gearchange that includes reverse lock. All instruments and switches are as per the genuine article, even the seats, seat belts and steering wheel are exactly as Ford intended. The excellent coachwork is finished in light metallic blue and complemented with a set of Borrani style alloy rimmed, stainless steel spoke wire wheels with knock on spinners. The car has better performance and tractability than the original and must be the best replica of this car in the world today. Such is the standard of this GT40 that it was invited to be displayed at the 2011 Goodwood Festival where it was seen at the Stables Orange Hospitality area. It attracted many favourable comments with many believing this motor car was the real thing. UK registered as a 1970 Ford two door 5.7 V8, it displays a period registration number. Importantly, this means that should the car be purchased outside of the UK, the new buyer should have no problems getting this car through the registration regulations.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.