Lot 379 - 1996 Ford GT40 Recreation by Tornado
|Odometer reading||11,107 miles|
|Estimate||£42,000 - £48,000|
|Result||Sold - £35,000|
With prices of the original Ford GT40 sports GT cars now fetching well into the six figure mark, it is easy to understand why the Le Mans sports car should be recreated. An example may be seen today with this Tornado 5.4 litre recreation on offer. Tornado is the longest running manufacturer of the GT40 replica and is considered one of the best available on the market today. Tornado originally took the moulds from an original race car; however, the race cars had less than perfect panel fit and finish so they worked the moulds to alleviate these problems.
This Tornado GT40 was built with a 'no expense spared' attitude as judged by the impressive specification. Mechanically; the power is supplied by a tuned Ford 302 cubic inch (4949 cc) enlarged to 330 cubic inches (5400 cc) V8 engine that sits within an alloy dressed engine bay. An electric fuel pump supplies the four twin choke DCOE Weber carburettors and tubular stainless steel pipes extract the exhaust gases. Drive is supplied through the uprated Renault five speed gearbox with massive vented disc brakes that assist the beast to a stop. The handling is taken care of with a suspension that is fully adjustable with coil over's all around. On the inside the interior is difficult to distinguish from an original. The black button leather seats and instrument layout reflect the period and a quick release steering wheel makes entry and exit easier if required. The air conditioning allows a comfortable cabin on hot days and the 'Gurney Bubble', at the top of the driver's door, caters for the taller driver. Both doors are modified so that the tops may be removed; this was an unusual modification that was incorporated on some of the later Mk V GT40s. An alloy lined storage area sits below a removable panel at the front and within sits the plumbed in fire extinguisher system bottle, radiator and cooling fans, windscreen washer reservoir and the brake and clutch reservoirs. The whole front also tilts to allow complete and free access to the suspension
On the outside, the coachwork is resplendent in Pearl Blue and sports the GT40 side stripes. The package is complimented by the fitment of replica BRM knock on/off alloy wheels. Importantly, this GT40 is UK registered as a Tornado and comes with an MoT test certificate valid until April 2015.
With original GT40s fetching well into six figures, this example must represent excellent value given the realistic estimate and with the Classic Le Mans being held in July, what better way to arrive than with a GT40 that is so synonymous with this event.
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