An exceptionally unusual 1965 Ford GT Roadster prototype is likely to be auctioned off in July and is predicted to advertise for between $7.5 million and $10 million.
The car was constructed by Ford Superior Autos in Slough, England and is chassis GT/109, definitely one among merely 5 Roadster fashions ever constructed, the one GT Roadster to compete on the 24 Hours of Le Mans and positively one among merely two examples which have survived to these days.
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Early documentation uncovered by Mecum Auctions reveals that GT/109 was a special-order chassis and appeared practically an an identical to GT/108. The car was supplied to Shelby in March 1965 for use by Ford of France throughout the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It incorporates a number of modifications over completely different Ford GT Prototypes of the day, along with side-mounted engine oil radiators, the addition of rear-body exit vents and the subsequent rear spoiler. Moreover featured are four quick-release removable Dzus fasteners, center-section electrical gasoline pumps, a water radiator enlargement tank, and a center-section rollover cowl that provided entry to ancillary engine strategies.
Powering the auto is a Cobra-spec 289 cubic-inch engine mated to a ZF five-speed transmission. It was pushed by Maurice Trintignant and Man Ligier by means of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1965 nonetheless wanted to retire after the 11th lap after the gearbox failed.
The car was rapidly retired from racing and acquired in 1986 by Hollywood stuntman and California automotive customizer Dean Jeffries, who saved it until his passing. His son then took possession of the auto until Dana Mecum, the founding father of Mecum Auctions, purchased it in 2013 and commissioned Harley Cluxton III of GTC Mirage Racing to complete a concours-quality restoration once more to its distinctive Le Mans configuration.
Curiously, Mecum Auctions tried to advertise this comparable Ford GT Roadster Prototype in 2018.