Imperious Ford GT40 Race Car Up for Sale

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A car that dethroned Ferrari as the leading race car of the sixties, this particular GT40 is ranked as one of the most original in existence.

The Ford GT40 was a car that blew away the competition when it burst onto the racing scene in the late sixties. Ferrari was the dominant force at the time of the iconic racing car's arrival, winning Le Mans 6 years in a row from 1960 to 1965. During that successful period, Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford II were in talks for the American giant to take over the Italian carmaker. However, after spending millions of dollars on negotiations, Henry Ford II was outraged when Ferrari changed his mind and broke off talks.

Seen as an act of revenge, Henry Ford II ordered the company to create a race car that would not only challenge Ferrari but comprehensively beat it at its own game. The GT40 was thus born and lived up to its expectations, winning Le Mans four consecutive times from 1966 to 1969. The model up for sale, GT40 P/1003, ran under the Ford France banner in '65 and '66 for Guy Ligier, future founder of the Ligier F1 team, and was the first GT40 to win in Europe at Magny-Cours. Further victories followed, including a class win at the 1966 Nurburgring 1000kms before the car was bought by Jean-Michel Giorgi for the 1967 season.

The feat at the Nurburgring was duly repeated, and P/1003 also took a class win in the Targa Florio while running the car as a Ford France machine. The 1000 Kilometers of Paris at Montlhery in October 1967 would prove the car's final race. A car with a fascinating origin and successful racing career, the GT40 P/1003 has had just one owner for over 30 years. Having written a significant chapter in Ford's and France's motorsport history, it ranks as one of the most original and important GT40's on the planet. Renowned historic car trader Fiskens are now offering the car.

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