JUN 16th 2014

Will rare GT40 roadster beat previous prototype best of $7m?

The first of only four Ford GT40 roadsters is part of RM Auctions August sale in Monterey. We’ve already highlighted the Ferrari 250LM that will be appear at the same auction, and there are plenty of other tasty morsels in the still-growing catalogue. Chassis number GT/108 was the roadster prototype, performing the dual roles of development and demonstration. As the eighth of only 12 GT40 prototypes built in total, it’s a very well known car in the GT40 community.

Several notable drivers have been behind the wheel, including Sir John Whitmore and Dickie Attwood, both of whom were on hand to show what the car could do at Silverstone. After its tour of duty in the UK, the car was sent to the USA where it continued life as a demonstrator. At Riverside Raceway, Ken Miles demonstrated the car to Ford executives, and Carroll Shelby also had a stint when Mr Ford himself reached the front of the queue for a passenger demonstration. It’s also thought that Jim Clark drove the car at Watkins Glen. There’s no shortage of famous driver association…

The car has been in the same ownership for 20 years and has appeared at a small number of top-level automotive events in that time. It features the correct-for-1965 nose styling (the only intact car to do so) as well the lower tail that is unique to the roadster. It also still has the same engine it left Ford with, so it’s very original. An estimate is yet to be published, but the last GT40 prototype to be auctioned sold for $7m last April. Don’t expect the hammer before a very large number…

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