Designed as Henry Ford II’s middle finger to Enzo Ferrari.
The Ford GT40 is a great piece of American automotiveclassics history, and nothing gets more historically significant than this 1964prototype model of the car – up for auction by Mecum Auctions this April in Texas. The car wasdesigned by Carroll Shelby upon special request from Henry Ford II, after afailed attempt to buy Ferrari and use its technology to enter the European racing scene.Ford decided, if you can’t buy’em –beat’em.
The first GT40 was presented 50 years ago, on April 1 1964 at theNew York Auto Show. Mecum says this prototype is still fitted with the original4.7-liter (289-cubic-inch) V8 engine, which was mated to a Colotti four-speedtransmission. With its long history and the fantastic shape it's in, this GT40 should makequite an impression when it crosses the block in a few weeks.