It was designed by the son of Eric Broadly, the legendary designer of the original GT40.
The legendary Ford GT40 that achieved memorable wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in the 1960s is also one of the rarest Fords ever made. Getting your hands on one of the originals could cost millions, but with a number of superb replicas going up for sale through the years, the latter is a more viable option for most. The latest of these is a gorgeous handcrafted replica of the 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I street-legal supercar, listed for sale on ClassicCars.Com.
Built in 2004, it's now selling for $139,000 (OBO) - around twice the price of a new Mustang Shelby GT500. In case you're wondering how closely this replica adheres to the original, well, it was designed by Andrew Broadly, the son of Eric Broadly who is none other than the original designer of the GT40. With that in mind, this white example - with blue racing stripes - is one of the finest GT40 replicas you could hope to find.
This Mk I replica features a carbon fiber body and weighs a mere 2,016 pounds. Back at the 2004 Las Vegas SEMA Trade Show, the car impressed so much that it won the Sony Gran Turismo 4 Award for Best Domestic Automobile, a victory that Andrew Broadly recalls fondly. "It was fantastic to be able to win that," he said. "In a way, it showed us that what we were doing was right."
The original cost of the GT40 replica was $210,000, with $22,000 worth of improvements added thereafter. The custom Ford Racing engine has 560 hp and just 4,000 miles on the clock, and the car is also fitted with air conditioning, a black leather racing interior, a five-speed manual transmission, and a new scat case steel crankshaft.
A custom stereo, a CD player, and even SiriusXM are reminders that this isn't an original, but you wouldn't know it just by looking at the low-slung replica. In the pictures, it's parked alongside a pickup and the GT40's tallest point seems to be aligned with the red pickup's wheel arch. Peace of mind is provided by all books and paperwork, along with the original receipts for the engine work.
The knock-off wheels look fantastic and the paintwork appears to be in excellent condition. As an ode to the original GT40 that finally defeated Ferrari at 24 Hours of Le Mans, you can't do much better than this.