1992 Mallock GT40 Coupé  Chassis no. RMLGT40/04 Engine no. AF002

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Lot 392
1992 Mallock GT40 Coupé
Registration no. A11 RML Chassis no. RMLGT40/04 Engine no. AF002

£ 50,000 - 60,000US$ 63,000 - 76,000
Amended
1992 Mallock GT40 Coupé
Registration no. A11 RML
Chassis no. RMLGT40/04
Engine no. AF002

Footnotes

  • Based on Eric Broadley's Lola GT, the original Ford GT40 was spawned by the Dearborn giant's ambition to beat Ferrari at Le Mans, a feat it duly achieved for the first time in 1966. The GT40 project had commenced three years previously, following Ford's failed attempt to buy into Ferrari, and was based at the Ford Advanced Vehicles plant at Slough, England. The GT40 first ran competitively in 1964 but failed at Le Mans that year and again in 1965. That first sweet Le Mans victory would fall to the 7-litre MkII, with victory the following year going to a US-built MkIV 'J' car. (The GT40 MkIII was the British-built road-going version).
    A decade on from its final Le Mans win, the GT40 had become firmly established as one of the all-time great classic sports-racing cars, leading to an increased demand for unmolested originals and the start of a replica-building industry. With just 107 GT40s being constructed at Ford Advanced Vehicles' Slough factory between 1966 and 1972, it is hardly surprising that a cottage industry of independent manufacturers arose to satisfy the continuing demand for replicas of Ford's charismatic Le Mans winner.
    Back in 1990 Ray Mallock Ltd (RML) had been contracted to design and build a new Group C sports prototype for Aston Martin. Unfortunately for Ray, Aston Martin was taken over by Ford along with Jaguar, which had separately been developing the XJ220. Ford decided to focus its efforts on the XJ220 so RML was left with no project and a team of highly skilled designers and manufacturing staff. Peter Thorpe of Safir Engineering had just completed his last Mk5 GT40 but had not used up his allocation of ZF 5DS5/25 transaxles, so this gave RML the impetus to design and build their own version and thus the 'RML GT40' was born.
    This came about during 1990, just as the ongoing recession was at its worst, which resulted in only five cars being completed. Chassis '01' was originally a road car but was soon converted for racing; '02' was Ray Mallock's own demonstrator; '03' is a road car; 04 (this example) is a racecar; and '05' is road/trackday car. Chassis '04' was originally sold to Alex Portman, who then raced it predominantly in this country securing many class wins in the UK national replica championship. Last raced in 2003, the car is finished in blue/yellow with black leather interior and offered with Swansea V5.

Saleroom notices

  • We have spoken to RML (Mallock Racing) who inform us the Ford engine is of 5.5-litre capacity and built by Swindon Racing Engines for one of the British GT Championship series.
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