Ford GT40 sets record with $11M sale

Ford GT40 with Gulf livery sold by RM auctionsAt the RM Monterrey Auction history was made when a Ford GT40 was sold for $11M. Autoblog.com is reporting that this sets a record for an American car sold at auction.

This particular GT40 had an interesting history and provenence. It was the first of three lightweight production GT40’s, and only one other remains. Its first win, and the first win of the now infamous Golf racing colors, was recorded at Spa in 1967 at the hands of Jacky Ickx and the “Flying Dentist” Dr. Dick Thompson.

As with many racecars of the era this one underwent numerous changes to its frame, roof, and bodywork. It was powered by 289, 302, 305 and 351 cubic inch engines. Currently it sports a period-correct small block Ford 289 with timeless 48 IDA Weber carburetors, producing 440 bhp at 6800 RPM.

Its most significant transformation came about in 1970 when the roof was removed and other body modifications were made to transfer the racecar into a highspeed camera car. What would require a camera car with such speed capabilities? Steve McQueen’s classic film Le Mans wich naturally featured other GT40’s driven a proper racing speeds.

Other noteable history includes being raced by David Hobbs, Brian Redman, Mike Hailwood, and Paul Hawkins and the earliest known use of carbon fiber-reinforced bodywork.Let hope the car’s new owner is amicable to having the car make regular public appearances.

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  1. Stephen Tonks says:

    Hi. What qualifies this as an American car ? Is it the ford badge ? Is it the american small block ford engine ? Is it the german gearbox ? Is it the english chassis ? Is it the american funding ?

    • Hi Stephen,

      Good question, and is probably one that will never be resolved. General consensus seems to be that the badge defines a car’s nationality… So I guess that makes the DeltaWing Japanese.

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