Continuing its strong track-record for offering some of the world's finest racing and sports cars in Monterey, RM Auctions’ is now honored to present a strongly-desired pair of the most heroic racing motor-cars ever conceived; a remarkable 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight racing car with chassis P/1074 and a strikingly unrestored 1967 Ford Gt40 MK I, chassis P/1059, as the star attractions of the highly anticipated Monterey auction, scheduled to be held on 17 and 18 August in California. Built to win long-distance sports car races against Ferrari, the legendary Ford GT40, is without doubt the most sought-after and celebrated high performance sports car, known for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans for four times in a row, from 1966 to 1969. GT40 cars are well known in the world of car collectors, and this sale is a rare opportunity for discerning car collectors to become one of an elite few to be able to join the distinguished GT40 owner's club.
Representing both racing and road variations; the cars also described as the multi-million entries are hand-picked by the auctioneer’s expert specialists for the iconic Monterey sale. The auction house is truly honored to have been entrusted by the current owners of respective cars to present them at the Monetrey auction. RM Auctions’ is also anticipating strong interest in the sale of these two sought-after cars.
During the infamous Ford-Ferrari racing wars of the 1960s, the GT40 succeeded the Shelby Daytona coupe as Ford’s standard bearer. And, among it many heroic and historic achievements, the GT40 proudly stands as the very first American-built racing car to win at La Sarthe and scored four consecutive victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from year 1966 to 1969. Further, before its production got ceased in year 1969, only 133 of all the variations of the original factory-built GT40 were produced.
Speaking about the 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight racing car with chassis P/1074; it’s first by serial number, of several lightweight GT40s built for the J.W.A./Gulf team, and carries an incredible history from new. Finished in the Gulf team colors of Powder Blue with Marigold stripe, this car raced extensively throughout the year 1968 from Daytona to the Le Mans, as well as Le Mans trials at the hands of Jacky Ickx.
In year 1970, P/1074 was then sold to Solar Productions and was extensively used as the camera car for Steve McQueen's iconic movie 'Le Mans'. Bought by its current owner in year 2000, the car has underwent a meticulously fine restoration before it was displayed at the 2003 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where racing icon Jackie Oliver also drove it.
Truly an authentic example of the first generation GT40 Mk I, the 1967 Ford GT40 Mk I, chassis P/1059 is one of just 31 production GT40 road cars, which was dispatched to the U.S. in year 1966 as one of 20 vehicles selected for the Mk I Promotion and Dispersal Program.
And, of this particular group of cars, it was one of only 6 motor cars consigned to Shelby American for the promotional use by their field managers. In preparation for this very purpose, the car was re-sprayed in stunning colors of pearlescent white with beautiful blue stripes. It was earlier owned by an vintage car collector Dr. Jack Frost, who retained its possession for more than 20 long years, until it was bought in year 2002 by its current owner.
Both of these historic GT40s will undoubtedly command the kind attention of the most passionate sports car collectors, also promising its next owners a warm reception at the world’s top racing events and vintage touring.