You Can Buy One of the GT40s That Beat Ferrari at Le Mans

Ford made history at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. This is one of the cars used to do it.

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RM Sotheby's

Perhaps the most iconic moment in Le Mans history is when Ford finished 1-2-3 in 1966, defeating Ferrari and sealing the GT40's place in history forever. Now, one of those cars is for sale.

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This particular car is the #5 GT40 fielded by the Ford Holman & Moody team in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Driven by Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson, it covered a distance of 348 laps over the day-long period, and finished 3rd overall behind the #2 car and the #1 car, also GT40s. The only difference between the top two cars and the one presented for sale here is that the other cars were fielded by the Shelby American team.

Ford's well-earned victory over Ferrari in the mid-1960s is well-documented, and remains one of the most famous moments in the history of the sport. According to the sellers at RM Sotheby's, the car has been restored to its in-period race day condition, right down to that lovely gold livery. That also means a fully functional 7.0-liter V8 capable of nearly 500 thunderous horsepower (in 1966, that was a lot of horsepower).

One cool thing to note about the original GT40 was its unique seating position. The driver sat on the right side of the car, yet the gear shifter was mounted between the right seat and the door, rather than in the middle. This was done for optimal weight distribution.

Considering this car's legendary provenance, it's no surprise the sale price is estimated in the deep seven-figure range. RM Sotheby's predicts at the company's August sale in Monterey, California.

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