1964 Ford GT40 Prototype Going Under the Hammer Next Month

When it comes to race cars, America was the birth place for an array of awesome machines, including the Cobra Daytona, the Corvette Grand Sport, the Scarab Sports Roadster and Jim Hall’s Chaparrals.
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But none of them have reached the heights of the Ford GT40, the V8 monster that scored back to back Le Mans wins between 1966 and 1969 and chased Ferrari out of endurance racing.

Sure, most of the GT40s were actually built in the United Kingdom, but the program was handed over to Carroll Shelby, America’s greatest automotive designer.

The first GT40 prototype was shown to the public in April 1964, at the New York Auto Show, but new versions kept rolling off the assembly line throughout the year with several improvements. The car shown above and below, for instance, was bolted on a lighter steel chassis and raced at Le Mans the same year.

Repainted and fitted with a larger 4.7-liter V8, the GT/104 finished third at the 1965 Daytona before being retired by Ford. The race car was sold in 1971 and changed many private owners since then. Next month, the vehicle is slated to find a new home at Mecum’s auction event in Houston, Texas.

Wondering what’s so special about it besides being a classic? Well, the GT/104 is the fourth GT40 prototype, Ford’s Le Mans debut entry and the first of its kind to score a podium finish.

It’s also the second oldest GT40 in existence and has a full ownership history and it was driven by many famous drivers, including Phil Hill, Bruce McLaren, Bob Bondurant, Jo Schlesser and Richard Attwood. It has enough hallmarks to change owners for a seven-digit sum, but we’ll find out more about that next month.
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Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
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