The 'One-Owner from New',1969-72 Ford Two-Seat Road/Competition Coupe  Chassis no. GT40P/1108

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Lot 125
The 'One-Owner from New', 1969-72 Ford Two-Seat Road/Competition Coupe
Chassis no. GT40P/1108

£ 300,000 - 350,000
US$ 410,000 - 480,000
The 'One-Owner from New'
1969-72 Ford Two-Seat Road/Competition Coupe
Chassis no. GT40P/1108

Footnotes

  • This remarkable example of what was arguably the 1960s most charismatic mid-engined high-performance ‘supercar’ design bar none – the Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 – is offered here fresh from its original owner who has lovingly maintained and preserved it for no fewer than the past 33 years.

    At the end of original-series Ford GT40 production by JW Automotive Engineering Limited in Slough, England, in 1969 a final few hand-built monocoque chassis tubs and numerous associated components including suspension sets, body panels, interior fixtures and fittings etc remained unassembled.

    The very last GT40 actually to be completed by JWA was chassis serial ‘M3/1107’ which was a long-tailed, wind-up window road-going example delivered on June 27th, 1969 and used for several years by Ford of Dagenham as a promotional vehicle. Two final ‘left-over’
    chassis tubs – from a total of seven to be built up - were subsequently sold by JWA early in 1971, one of them configured at the time to feature left-hand drive, and the other right-hand drive. The purchaser of both was contemporarily prominent high-performance and racing car dealer J.A. Pearce of Southall, Middlesex, to the west of London. He sold the left-hand drive chassis to the well-known endurance racing owner/ driver David Piper, renowned for his decades of experience and success with mainly Ferrari and Porsche sports-prototype, Group 4 and Gran Turismo cars.
    David Piper completed this car to running order in 1972 – finalising it in right-hand drive form, not left, with standard GT40 interior racing trim and fittings, but with a radio installed in the driver’s door. The car was finished at that time in black with gold pin-striping in similar style to the contemporary ‘John Player Special’ Lotus Formula 1 livery. It was UK road-registered ‘PPJ 99L’ and in 1972 it was acquired by the present vendor effectively ‘as-new’ and became domiciled in Germany.

    The GT40 saw limited road use during its first few years, and was overhauled in Germany in the late 1970s before being shipped back to England in 1982 and entrusted to renowned high-performance and racing car preparation specialists Hall & Fowler of Folkingham, Lincolnshire, who began a meticulous rebuild which was eventually completed for this same owner in April 1985.

    The car emerged finished in white livery with Ford GT40 standard black interior trim, and it is offered here in this condition yet most significantly also equipped with the desirable option of air-conditioning.

    As offered here this unique Ford GT40 is remarkably little used, having covered some 7,300 kilometres running during its entire life, and
    all of that upon the public road. It has never been raced or accident damaged, and one facet of this chassis’ original conversion from
    left-hand drive to right-hand drive is that its gearchange lever remains in the middle, unlike the everyday run of RHD GT40s, if any individual from a limited production of as few as 112 individual examples can ever be described as being merely “everyday”…


    The 289 cubic inch Ford V8 engine, bodywork, interior, transmission, electrics and chassis structure are all characterised as being emphatically “original”.

    The Ford GT story of course dates from 1963-64 when the mighty Ford Motor Company of Detroit, USA, was rebuffed by Ferrari in its attempts to buy into International endurance racing success simply by purchasing the Italian marque. Henry Ford II determined that if he could not join Ferrari then his company would darned well beat it, and the Ford GT programme emerged as the first in major-league motor racing to employ large-scale computer-aided design and development, and to strengthen their team Ford engaged former Aston Martin racing director John Wyer, specialist British racing car constructor Eric Broadley of Lola Cars Ltd, and many other experienced ‘racers’. Former Ferrari World Champion Driver Phil Hill headed the driver team together with such experienced hands as Richie Ginther and Ken Miles, but although the prototype Ford GTs of 1964 displayed tremendous speed they lacked reliability and the expected short-term victory at Le Mans was denied them.

    The cars failed again at Le Mans in 1965, but Carroll Shelby had been brought into the organisation that year and Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby achieved the Ford GT’s maiden major race win in the 200kms Daytona Continental opening that new season.
    By 1966 uprated Ford GT Mark II cars had been developed with 7-litre V8 engines in place of the original 4.2 and 4.7-litre variants, and at last Ford achieved its long-coveted victory in the Le Mans 24-Hours classic, with Bruce McLaren/ Chris Amon heading a Ford 1-2-3 finish there. In 1967 the all-new honeycomb-chassised 7-litre Ford Mk IV cars were formidably fast and strong enough to win Le Mans again, this time co-driven by Dan Gurney/ A.J.Foyt in an all-American triumph.

    Regulation changes abolished the 7-litre cars for 1968-69, when
    5-litre Ford GT40s campaigned by the JW Automotive production unit in Gulf Oil livery famously achieved two more back-to-back Le Mans 24-Hour victories – leaving the Ford GT-series’ tally at four in all, 1966-67-68-69. The GT40s added World Championship of Makes laurels to this glittering record, and the model is renowned today as one of the greatest of all the great road-useable racing designs of the wonderful 1960s period.

    This particular GT40 is most unusual in never having been sold from its very first end-user ownership, and we very much recommend the closest inspection of this unique and widely eligible two-seater competition coupe.



The 'One-Owner from New',1969-72 Ford Two-Seat Road/Competition Coupe  Chassis no. GT40P/1108
The 'One-Owner from New',1969-72 Ford Two-Seat Road/Competition Coupe  Chassis no. GT40P/1108
The 'One-Owner from New',1969-72 Ford Two-Seat Road/Competition Coupe  Chassis no. GT40P/1108
The 'One-Owner from New',1969-72 Ford Two-Seat Road/Competition Coupe  Chassis no. GT40P/1108
The 'One-Owner from New',1969-72 Ford Two-Seat Road/Competition Coupe  Chassis no. GT40P/1108
The 'One-Owner from New',1969-72 Ford Two-Seat Road/Competition Coupe  Chassis no. GT40P/1108
The 'One-Owner from New',1969-72 Ford Two-Seat Road/Competition Coupe  Chassis no. GT40P/1108
The 'One-Owner from New',1969-72 Ford Two-Seat Road/Competition Coupe  Chassis no. GT40P/1108
The 'One-Owner from New',1969-72 Ford Two-Seat Road/Competition Coupe  Chassis no. GT40P/1108
The 'One-Owner from New',1969-72 Ford Two-Seat Road/Competition Coupe  Chassis no. GT40P/1108
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