The Ford GT40 is a true living legend in the automotive world, a car that was conceived with one purpose in mind – to beat its European competition at various prestigious motorsports events across the globe. The GT40 indeed went on to do precisely that, dominating its rivals for a number of years and cementing its status in the history books. However, when it comes to the road going versions of the Ford GT40, well, not too many of those were produced over the car’s short run, and today, those cars are celebrated collectibles, meaning that this rare 1966 Mk1 should command quite a bit of interest when it crosses the block at Mecum’s upcoming Kissimmee, Florida sale that kicks off this week.
This rather amazing 1966 Ford GT40 Mk1 is one of just 30 such road going units produced in total, and it’s said to be one of the finest of that particular bunch as well. With just over 13k miles on the clock, it’s never been in an accident nor suffered any kind of damage, living under its previous owner for around 30 years. Built new at the Ford Advanced Vehicles factory in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England, the GT40 Mk1 is finished in Metallic Dark Blue.
As one might imagine, the Ford GT40 Mk1 was quite similar to the racing version, but offered more in the way of creature comforts, coupled with a few tweaks to make it more pleasant to drive on public roads. That list includes a fully upholstered interior, a softer suspension, more compliant brakes, and a quieter exhaust, coupled with its high-output 289 V8 with Weber carburetors and the ZF five-speed transmission.
This 1966 Ford GT40 Mk1 was originally equipped with some interesting options such as a high-pressure oil pump, a special race exhaust system in addition to the standard road exhaust, plus a spare wheel and tire. It has changed hands a few times over the years – having even been owned by Porsche and Ferrari works driver Umberto Maglioli – and is being sold with a copy of its original build sheet following an extensive restoration by RUF Automobiles. Now, this amazing piece of Blue Oval history is looking for a new home, though it goes without saying that it’ll take a substantial amount of money to do precisely that.