Late last month we talked about a big RM Sotheby’s auction that was going to be held last weekend at Monterey. That auction has come and gone, and we have some of the auction results. The cars we were most interested in were the full lineage of the Ford GT that was promised including the 1965 Ford GT40 roadster prototype.
We aren’t sure what the other Ford GT cars went for, but the sales results have been announced for the 1965 Ford GT40 roadster prototype. Pre-auction estimates expected the car to fetch somewhere between $7 million and $9 million., when the gavel fell, the car brought $7.65 million putting it in the middle of the expected range.
The car is very special and helped pave the way for the Mark IV racing cars that won the 24 Hours of LeMans. This was the first of five Ford GT40 roadster prototypes built. Seven hardtop prototype cars were built as well. The car had been fully restored in 1983, and then had a mechanical overhaul in 2003. It looks about as good as a mid-’60s era car can get in photos seen.
As much money as the 1965 Ford GT40 roadster prototype brought, it isn’t anything like the money the 1994 McLaren F1 LM raked in. That car was one of two LM spec cars built out of a total run of 106 McLaren F1 cars. It was upgraded to LM specs at the factory after production with a 680 horsepower GTR engine and extra-high downforce bodywork. The McLaren F1 is incredibly rare, and this is the rarest of them all. The car sold for $19.8 million. One major car, the 1939 Porsche Type 64 that was supposed to sell didn’t. The auctioneer started the car at an incorrect price, and it failed to reach its reserve.