1965 Ford GT40 - Only One Sold New by WorksSource: Ferraris Online
Newport Beach, California, U.S.A.
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Posted: 18 Dec 2009
From Ferraris Online:
This GT40 is well sorted and race prepared to the highest standards. Fitted with a Ford S.V.O. (Windsor) block, Webers and dry sump. Has all needed safety updates for vintage racing. Detailed photo album available of tub up restoration.
As per Ford Advanced Vehicles, First customer, Colegio Arte e Instrucao Team, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (c/o MRE). Carnival red. Black trim. Race specification with lightweight roof. 67/25 Gurney-headed 289 engine. NR1009 ZF 5-speed with 4.22:1 FD (+ I ratios). JWAE (BRM) 10 in. and 12 in. wheels. Firestone 10.20 and 12.20 tires.
1083 was originally built for a West German customer and scheduled for delivery in early May. However, the customer defaulted after buying a Porsche and 1083 then became the only GT40 to be advertised for sale new by the works, through Motor Racing Enterprises Ltd in nearby Bourne End.
1969, 02 May, tested at Truxton by David Hobbs. 1969, 01 July, To Royal Victoria Docks.
1969, October, sold to the CAI Team in Rio De Janeiro, owned by Sidney Cardoso. Probably raced in Brazil, 1970, 1971, but" no records exist.
1971, sold to Brazilian racing driver Wilson Fittipaldi, who modified it for intended use as a road car and then stored it for many years.
1982, 26 May, bought through Wilson"s brother Emerson by Adrian Hamilton in England, on behalf of George Stauffer in Wisconsin, USA. Then shipped direct to America.
1982, George Stauffer raced the car in the historic series in America, giving its engine and suspension a rebuild in mid"season.
1983"1984, it was given a thorough restoration by Jeff Simes in Wisconsin. Jeff worked for George Stauffer.
1992, early, from George Stauffer to current owner. Then a nice older restoration. Raced by current owner in many vintage events between 1992 and end of 1995.
1995, late, sent to Bob Ash, the American GT 40 expert, for a total "tub" rebuild. Well documented in photo album from Bob Ash. Motor done by Kinetics, Livonia, Michigan. Dyno sheets show app. 525 hp. Paint by Ford Motor Company who was going to use the car in a display with the new GT 90. Paint work done but the car was never shown with the GT 90. The owner"s race shop did the dissassembly, restoration and reassembly.1996, March, restoration completed.
1998, July, current owner closed his race shop.
1999, 29 May, for sale by M. Sheehan in FML, half page ad.
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From Wikipedia The Ford GT40 is a high performance sports car and winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times in a row, from 1966 to 1969 (1966 being the Mk II, 1967 the Mk IV, and 1968-1969 the oldest chassis design, the Mk I). It is so far the only racecar built in America (Mk IV only) to win overall at Le Mans (1967 Mk IV). It was built to win long-distance sports car races against Ferrari (who won at Le Mans six times in a row from 1960 to 1965).