Ultra-Rare Ford GT40 Roadster Headed to Auction
Ah, the Ford GT40. You don’t have to be an in-depth enthusiast to be pretty familiar with one of Ford’s greatest creations. The mid-engine vehicular middle finger to Enzo Ferrari led to dominance at the Le Mans and became one of the most sought after cars of all time. This GT40 roadster is even rare by these standards.
Before the GT40 became the prolific race car that ran circles around Ferrari, it needed to be tested and refined. 12 prototypes were built of the GT40, and of that dozen, only four were built in this roadster configuration, making for one of the rarest GT40s you can possibly find.
This roadster, which is chassis number GT/108 was the 8th example of the supercar ever built, and was sent to Carroll Shelby’s shops upon completion in 1965. The car was driven by Shelby as well Ken Miles, who tested the car at Silverstone, among other locations.
Throughout the years, there had been eras of the 24 Hours of Le Mans that required the cars to be open top, and some that required them to be enclosed. Conceivably this car was among those used to test if the GT40 could work under such a rule change. In the end, the GT40 was a closed top, and the rest is history.
As for this super-rare roadster, it is headed to the RM Auctions at Monterey, August 15-16 of 2014. You’ll want to watch the results of this auction as we suspect this open-top GT40 will pull some serious cash!