1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype Heads To Monterey For $9,000,000

Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype
1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype Heads To Monterey For $9,000,000 - Images courtesy RM Sotheby's

A 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype will spearhead a complete Ford GT model lineage sale in Monterey with an estimate of $7,000,000 – $9,000,000 on 15-17 August 2019.

The first of five GT40 roadsters built, chassis no. GT/108 was influential in the development of Detroit’s first purpose-built prototype-class race car, which famously went on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans for four consecutive years.

Built for Shelby American and the eighth of 12 GT40 prototypes built and the first of a mere five roadsters, this particular GT40 is the only one to survive intact and in its complete original form.

The car was also used for test and development, driven by the likes of such legendary drivers as Carroll Shelby, Ken Miles, and Jim Clark, this is one of the finest, most original, and rarest examples of Ford’s racing icon.

Boasting various awards including the renowned 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this incredible slice of collectable motoring history has a well-documented provenance, including 22 years of care by the former owner and is said to be one of the finest, most original, and rarest examples of Ford’s iconic race car still in existence.

RM Sotheby’s reports that after 22 years of dedicated care, the prior owner offered the roadster prototype for sale in 2014, noting:
“GT/108 is a great dual-purpose car. The open-roof ‘Roadster’ provides superior visibility and excellent ventilation, and with GT/108’s removable insulation, it provides the best conditions for both rally and vintage race car drivers to remain cool and enjoy all facets of the driving experience.”

The GT40 Roadster comes with a hefty price tag with interested parties needing around $9,000,000 to complete a unique purchase.

Previous Ford GT40 Sale

In 2018 a 1966 Ford GT40 sold For $9,795,000 when it went under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s flagship auction in Monterey, California (24-25 August 2018). The car was one of three GT40s that managed to achieve a clean sweep of 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall places at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Wearing the iconic #5, it was piloted by the now-famous American duo Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson, completing 348 laps and finishing 3rd overall for the Holman & Moody racing team.

Chassis number P/1016 is one of a select trio of GT40’s that helped Ford to its first-ever 24 Hours of Le Mans victory.

More information on this amazing lot can be found here.

All images courtesy RM Sotheby’s.

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