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Ford GT40 P/1046, The Car That Won 1966 Le Mans, Undergoing 20-Month Restoration


Of course, it looks pretty good already.

Even among genuine original GT40s, which are an awfully rare breed of car to begin with, the one you see here is probably the most special. This was the first GT40, and indeed the first Ford and the first car from an American manufacturer, to bring home an outright win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 1966. Following that, the car suffered a gearbox failure at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1967 and crashed, but was obviously later repaired.

The car has been passed around by several private owners, but resurfaced at the 2006 Le Mans Classic, celebrating the 40th anniversary of its win with a few laps around the historic track. As you can probably tell from the pictures, the car is generally in quite good shape, but could use a bit of brightening up here and there. That is why it will undergo what must be a pretty exhaustive restoration over the next 20 months. It will be ready in time for the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, by which point it will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Le Mans win.

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