And that's a conservative estimate for this historic vehicle.
The Ford GT is a seriously impressive supercar that owes its existence to the legendary GT40, but no matter how good it is, the original is certainly far more hallowed. Good examples have been known to sell for eight-figure sums, but the ultimate version of the car would be one that actually raced. In fact, one such car commanded a price of around $12-million, but the one we have here today may be worth just as much, if not more.
The example you see below didn't win anything, but it is one of the five original prototypes that went to Le Mans in 1964. It didn't win, but it laid the groundwork for the epic battle depicted in the film Ford v Ferrari.
The one up for auction here - chassis GT/105 - wasn't among those shipped to Carroll Shelby for his development work, but it continued to work as a test bed and raced at Sebring, Daytona, and Le Mans in 1965 anyway. This was the first GT40 to feature the 289 cubic-inch V8 from the Mustang of the day and could be seen as the father of the production GT40. According to the sellers, this particular example has covered more miles than any other original GT40 still in one piece and was piloted by illustrious names like Bruce McLaren, Phill Hill, and Bob Bondurant.
Naturally, there's a bit of wear and tear on the interior, most notably on the seats, but what makes this car so special is that it's the earliest GT40 you can buy. GT/103 and GT/104 are permanent residents of the Shelby American museum and the first two chassis created are no longer with us. As such a rare and special version of a rare and special American supercar, the auction that is hosted by Duncan Hamilton will likely see the hammer fall only once the bids reach eight figures again. Perhaps this one may even set a record as the most expensive GT40 ever. Time to dig in the back of the sofa for some loose change.