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1965 GT40 Roadster prototype for sale

Will be offered by RM Auctions in Monterey

Eric Kaminsky - May 23, 2014 10:30 AM

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1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype

Photo: Pawel Litwinski © 2014 courtesy RM Auctions
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1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype

Photo: Pawel Litwinski © 2014 courtesy RM Auctions
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1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype

Photo: Pawel Litwinski © 2014 courtesy RM Auctions
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1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype

Photo: Pawel Litwinski © 2014 courtesy RM Auctions

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After more than two decades of single ownership in a private collection, the 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster prototype, chassis number GT/108, will be offered by RM Auctions at its Monterey, California, sale August 15-16. 

The car is one of only a small group of prototypes built, is the first of only four roadsters, and was used as a development/demonstrator vehicle for Ford and Shelby American.

GT/108 was tested at Silverstone by John Whitmore and Dickie Atwood before shipment to Shelby American. It then accompanied the Shelby USRRC team to Riverside Raceway in May, where GT/108 was used for “exhibition purposes.” In July, also at Riverside, GT/108 was driven by Ken Miles for further testing, according to the RM Auctions’ description of the car.

Later that same month, it was used as a demonstrator at the Ford Board of Directors meeting at Shelby American’s facility in Los Angeles. At this meeting, Ken Miles demonstration rides to board members and executives. However, when it came to Mr. Ford’s turn, it was Carroll Shelby himself who jumped behind the wheel. The car was later featured at the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York, in October 1965, where it was reportedly driven by Jim Clark.

This very original and documented example is well known in the GT40 community. John S. Allen, in his book “GT40: The Legend Lives On,” states: “prototype GT/108 is currently the only intact example of the marque still to carry the correct 1965-style nose, and the low tail section unique to roadsters. (Further) 108 is the only roadster, or ‘spyder’, to remain in as-built condition.”  The car comes with the engine that was in the vehicle when GT/108 was sold into private hands from the Ford Factory via Kar Kraft in 1965. 

 

For more information on the Monterey sale, check out the auction website at www.rmauctions.com

 

 

 

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