Ford GT40 MKII heading to auction

Le Mans Lover

Le Mans Lover

2015-07-06 16:18:14

Auctions America appear to have an actual Ford GT40 MKII heading to auction at the end of March, with a guide price of $650,000-750,000. While the MKI GT40 might be more famous, it wasn't until the MKII came out that the car actually became successful. That might be in part thanks to the 427 ci V8, up from the initial 289 that the MKI carried.

GT40 production started in 1964, but it wasn't until 1966 that they actually started winning any races, finally bringing in a 1,2,3 finish at Le Mans that year, beating their rivals from Maranello. Their victory might be exaggerated however since none of Ferrari's Prototype class racers finished the race and in total there were 13 GT40s out on the track. The odds were perhaps in Ford's favour. 

And they pulled off the same trick in 1967 with the MKIV GT40, again using the 427 engine, so it came as a surprise to no one that there was a limit on engine size for 1968. Still, this is the 'beefiest' GT40 out there and it's always a pleasure to see one. It'll be interesting to see how it does at auction!

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