December 10, 2023

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The Ultimate Driving Machines

This 1967 Ford GT40 Mk. IV was a Can-Am prototype, now it’s for sale

No issue what, any genuine Ford GT40 is a exclusive and worthwhile machine. But this 1967 Mk. IV model that Bonhams will auction at its Monterey Automobile 7 days party has a specially exciting heritage. It under no circumstances obtained a shot at Le Mans simply because of rule variations, and as such, it finished up as a check auto for a fully unique racing series.

As the auction house explains, this GT40 is just one of the 10 chassis that was designed into a operating auto when it was new. It also obtained just one of the huge seven.-liter V8s. However, the policies for the 1968 Le Mans race banned engines larger sized than five liters in displacement. So Ford instructed a company named Kar Kraft to rework the auto into a prototype for the Can-Am racing series. You can see period of time shots of it in the gallery higher than with a genuinely peculiar adjustable wing. The auto also appeared as a cutaway drawing on the include of Automobile and Driver for November 1967. The auction house also notes that Mario Andretti check drove the prototype and observed it fairly terrifying.

After its time with Ford, it went to two brothers who have been previous Shelby mechanics, and they had it until 2012. Then it was acquired by a store in Connecticut that obtained it back again into condition and gave it a GT40 Mk. IV system. The good news is, the Can-Am prototype system was retained and will go with the auto. It has participated in a selection of classic races, and commencing in 2018, its primary motor and transaxle have been rebuilt.

Unsurprisingly, this GT40 will in all probability go for huge money. Bonhams estimates it could go for involving $three million and $three.five million. It crosses the block this coming week at the Bonhams Quail Lodge auction.

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