While any Ford GT40 is a special machine worth treasuring, some are certainly rarer and more desirable than others. That includes the coveted MK III, a street-legal version of its iconic racing counterpart, of which just seven were built in total. Those models rarely pop up for sale, of course, and command huge money when they do, but this original Ford GT40 press car up for grabs in the UK via Pistonheads is arguably even more special than most.
While there were only around 105 Ford GT40 models built in total – most of them for racing purposes – this particular car, which is Chassis P/1069, is a MK 1 GT40 that has lived a different sort of life than the rest. This car was built to order by Ford, then immediately loaned out to a Swiss-based firm that was, at the time, affiliated with the Scuderia Filipinetti racing team. That company then used the GT40 for a display at the 1967 Genera Motor Show.
Interestingly, this Ford GT40 show car was originally painted Opalescent Silver Blue, but was subsequently resprayed Metallic Borneo Green for its appearance in Geneva. After that event was over, it headed to Ford UK, who used it as a press car, and it also made appearances in a number of magazines before once again setting up shop at the 1969 Geneva Motor Show for a second appearance. Since then, this GT40 has been driven by Formula 1 world champion Graham Hill, sold to a private collector in 1971, painted yellow, taken on a vintage racing tour in 2007, and at some point, returned to its original spec – paint color and all.
Now, this incredibly special Ford GT40 is looking for a new home, albeit at an unspecified asking price. Given the fact that these cars routinely sell for seven figures or more, we can only imagine what that might be, but at least the new owner will be able to tout that they own perhaps the most unique – and arguably one of the most special, outside of its Le Mans-wining counterparts – GT40s on earth.