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1967 Ford GT40

  •  Only 14,000 Miles
  •  Weber Carburetors
  •  Owned by Skip Barber
  •  All Original Body Work
  •  Original Interior

The Story of the GT40 starts in 1963 when Ford thought up the idea of buying Ferrari. Ford wanted to get into international GT racing and it would be much easier for Ford to simply buy the industry leader with 16 years of experience as a company bringing along Enzo having more than 40 years experience in the racing scene.  At the time, Ferrari was interested in joining Ford and naming the company Ford-Ferrari with Enzo left in charge of the racing team Enzo naming it Ferrari-Ford. Ford sent over their GM, Donald Frey along with a team of lawyers and accountants to try and close the deal. During 10 days Frey spent in Italy he spoke with Enzo about the future vision of the company and it was revealed Ford had no interest in the Formula one racing that Enzo was dominating. This would turn out to be a major set back and shortly thereafter Enzo and his lawyers then called Frey to tell him the deal could not be done. Enzo wanted Ford the cut off all dealings with Carroll Shelby who Ford had been working with and had been rivals with Ferrari. Henry Ford was upset Enzo had been wasting their time and decided he was going to build his own car and beat Ferrari in the GT and prototype class’. A month after negotiations ended with Enzo, Shelby sent over two Cobras to Lemans to take on Ferrari. At LeMans the Cobras didn’t have enough aero dynamics to beat Ferrari and it became clear to Ford he needed to build a new car. After the 1963 LeMans Ford special vehicles groups toured Europe looking for plans to their new racer. After seeing the Lola GT they knew it had potential. Eric Broadley, the owner of Lola happened to be down money and was happy to join Ford. Broadley signed a two-year deal with Ford where he would oversee designing the GT40 with help from the Ford engineering resources. Ford also hired ex-Aston Martin team manager, John Wyer to build the cars and race them in Europe. Carroll Shelby would race the cars in both the U.S and Europe and would also oversee selling the street version in the US. After failing at LeMans in 1964 and 1965 the GT-40 went on to win Lemans in 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969. The GT40 today remains the single most important American racecar ever built, and ended Ferrari from ever winning Lemans again.

 

This absolutely stunning GT40 was shipped 12/23/66 from the Ford factory in Slough England to the Ford division in Dearborn Michigan to be used as one of seven Mk1s in the Ford promotion program. Factory finished in Carmen red with black interior, wire wheels and very desirable Weber carburetors. Upon completion of its duties in the promotion program, this GT40 was then sold to Ford dealer Al Grillo. The first private owner would be David Carroll of MA who used the GT40 in a Gulf commercial in the summer of 1969. That same year Carroll sold the car the race school owner and well known car collector, Skip Barber, who would only retain the car for a little over a year before selling it to the next proprietor. The car would remain in his possession for almost 25 years driving it periodically and enjoying it properly. By the time he chose to relinquish ownership, it would be 1994. The next owner, recognizing how it was such a beautiful unmolested car, he then commissioned a restoration to be completed by a marque specialist in its correct original livery of Carmen Red. To this day, the car has seen less than 15,000 miles of use, it retains all its original body work, original interior and unlike most street car GT40’s was never converted into a race car. It continues to retain its wire wheels and desirable Weber carburetors. This GT40 is surely one of the best, most original Mk1’s in existence today.

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