Will lightning strike twice?
From that magic era where Ford and Ferrari were fighting toe-to-toe in the racing world, this stellar , chassis P/1074 is ready to roll onto the auction block at Monterey in August. To make things really interesting, this isn't your average race-spec GT40 by any stretch of the imagination. For starters, it's the first lightweight racing chassis produced for the J.W.A./Gulf Racing team. Gulf's iconic powder blue paintjob with one wide marigold stripe is easily the most recognizable livery for the GT40, and of the 133 GT40's ever produced, the most desirable as well.
Fortunately for the folks at , the story behind this killer GT40 only gets better from there. It turns out that beyond its racing history, including some time at Le Mans in the hands of Jacky Ickx, this GT40 was sold to Solar Productions where it was put to work as the camera car for Steve McQueen's iconic film, Le Mans. It has since seen an interesting life on and off the track, surviving numerous vintage raceing events, and receiving a full restoration before an appearance at the 2003 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The lineage is bound to have an effect on the final hammer price, but the level of impact is still subject to some debate. Last year McQueen's personal sold for a whopping $1,375,000, but that was a car that he kept and drove personally. That's a significant jump over the usual $100k ballpark that a well-kept 911s of that era can sell for. We might not see that kind of 1150% gain over the going rate of a GT40, but I wouldn't be surprised to see this being one of the record breakers of this year's Monteray auction season.