Ford GT40 prototype for sale

Offered in Houston by Mecum

Eric Kaminsky - March 12, 2014 12:00 AM

ImagePhoto: David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions

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A piece of musclecar history will cross the block in Houston April 12, as Mecum Auctions will offer a 1964 Ford GT40 prototype (Lot S147.1). 

These early cars, built by Carroll Shelby, used a steel monocoque chassis coupled with Ford’s 4.2L V-8 engine. This one, GT/104, was the first to receive the lightweight chassis and one of only two famously prepared and raced by Shelby American for the 1965 season. It raced at LeMans in 1964, but was forced out of the race by a fire. It was later fitted with a larger 4.7L V-8, and continued to race.

It was returned to Ford after the 1965 season, restored, and displayed at auto shows until 1971, when the automaker sold it. It has gone through a number of private owners since, and was restored to its 1965 livery by GT40 specialist Paul Lanzante in 2010.

It features the Shelby 289ci (4.7L) V-8 with four Weber carburetors, Colotti four-speed transmission, and Girling 11½-inch four-wheel disc brakes.

The car is offered on a bill of sale. For more information, go to