Lot 246 - 1969 Ford GT40 Mk. I Recreation
|Odometer reading||860 miles|
|Estimate||£58,000 - £68,000|
The Ford GT40 is synonymous with Le Mans but was in fact first seen at the Nürburgring 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. Inside the most significant change was that the gear change was mounted centrally allowing either left hand or righthand 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 GT40 Mk. I in existence. This example has been constructed using a correct and respected KVA chassis (Kenneth Vincent Attwell) with the identity of a 1969 Ford Mercury Cougar, extensively modified both to front and rear.
Power is provided by a small-block 289ci, V8 engine, fitted with forged pistons, boss rods, screw in rocker studs, Crane camshaft, Mallory electronic ignition and enlarged sump fitted with a windage tray. Drive then passes through a rebuilt ZF gearbox as per the original GT40's with an Essex flywheel and AP clutch. Breathing uses four tuned twin choke 48 IDA Weber carburettors complete with handmade covers when not in use. Interestingly, there were many original GT40 parts used during this build, including front and rear anti-roll bars, original 15" Borrani spoked wheels with splined centre hubs and three-eared spinners (non-original) fitted with Avon tyres. A bespoke and correct cross-over exhaust has been fitted along with the correct body latches, alloy hinges to window vents (as per original), adjustable pedal box (as per original), ventilated disc brakes on all four corners, AP callipers front and rear, four-point Willans harnesses, quick release steering wheel and, as a nod to modern driving conditions, central locking. All the dash-mounted instruments are Smiths, as original, and have been re calibrated with black bezels. The switches are as original and a fire extinguisher is fitted to the passenger foot-well that is also piped to the engine bay, with an additional handheld extinguisher in passenger door. The seats are in black with eyelets as original, with corresponding black carpeting.
The acquisition of the individual parts is just the beginning when constructing a car of this quality and finish, a perfect fit was desired throughout and so many months were spent simply fitting, taking off, shaping, re-fitting etc of every element of the car from the bulkhead to the lights, interior and mechanical parts. The car is finished in metallic dark blue with twin white stripes and indeed has only driven 860 dry miles since finishing. Complete with a full history file as well as UK V5C registration documents recording the car s a 1969 Ford Sportscar, this also benefits from an MoT test certificate valid until April 2017.
Such is the standard of this GT40 that it was invited to display at the 2016 50th anniversary Ford GT40 event at Bruntingthorpe and is ready today to step into and drive away.
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