Published on Juni 20th, 2014 | by Daniel
Ford GT40 – fifty years of the iconic winning wedge
One of the most iconic and successful race cars of the 1960s the Ford GT40, no doubt about it. The first GT40 was released in 1964, and its competitive debut came in May of the same year, making the display a fitting tribute to 50 beautiful years. The biggest race of them all, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was dominated by the GT40 in the late 1960s. The 1969 success was Le Mans legend Jacky Ickx’s first win of six at La Sarthe, partnering Jackie Oliver in a Gulf-liveried GT40 to the win. The Ford GT, a revival of the orginal, made its own way to Le Mans in 2010 and visited the class podium in 2011. Enjoy these 4 GT1 icons, touching the american soil for the first time and being presented by their proud and passioned owners.
RM Auctions is going to auction this 8th of 12 GT40 prototypes built; a very original example with more than two decades in single ownership; Used by Shelby American for testing and development; Driven by Ken Miles, Carroll Shelby, and Jim Clark. “The talks ended abruptly on a Saturday morning after 10 days of negotiations. Ford VP Donald Frey received a phone call from one of Ferrari’s lawyers informing him that there would be no further discussion.” This was the birth of Ford Le Mans action, after a failed deal in which Ford Motor tried to buy Ferrari from its charismatic, but mercurial, founder in the early 1960s.
Picture by Pawel Litwinski/RM Auctions
We will keep you updated about some inhouse ongoing Ford GT action and lift at least one secret. As our frequent beloved readers and followers already noticed – YES, we are headquartered in the same building as Lambda Performance is. And yes, we are preparing for something big. At the moment we can´t tell you more. For now we will leave you with these impressions inside of the laboratory of excessive speed, just a few meters of our desk. Enjoy and stay tuned for more.