1967 Ford GT40 Mark 1 – 2012 Monterey Auctions

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Had the never won a single race, its stunning looks and potent powertrain would have still made it a highly covetable sports and racing car. The fact that GT40s won the prestigious endurance race from 1966-1969, amongst many other racing triumphs all around the world, helped to ensure this 40-inch high racing machine car would become legend.

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This 1967 Ford GT40 Mark 1 example, chassis P/1059, is in an extremely original state of preservation and has covered less than 5,000 miles since new. will be handling the car's sale during the weekend of August 17-18, held concurrently with the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. P/1059 retains its original 289 cubic inch V-8 engine and ZF five-speed transmission, along with an elegant set of Borrani wire wheels. The original "Opalescent Maroon" paintjob has given way to the traditional American racing colors of white with blue striping.

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Yet even the `modernized' livery can be traced back to the late-1960s, when this example was one of six GT40s used by for promotional purposes.

Some safety-related items have been added over the years, such as the installation of a fire extinguisher and the replacement of fuel bladders with aluminum tanks. The Weber carburetors and fuel pump have also recently come in for some attention and, in the case of the latter, replacement.

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Other than that, this GT40 is exactly the same as it was back in 1967. The price for authenticity doesn't come cheap; RM has placed a pre-auction estimate of $2.3-$2.7-million on the car.

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