Meaning it's insanely expensive.
Look closely. Yes, this is a classic 1965 Ford GT40 without a roof. It's the real deal. Not everyone may know this but a total of six GT40 roadster prototypes were built for Ford to test whether there would be sufficient public interest to put them in production. Of the six, only this one, GT/108, survives today. It’s also entirely all-original. What happened to the other roadster prototypes? They were either destroyed or modified to be coupes. But this one remained as is, and it has quite a story.
Built in October 1964 and completed in March of ‘65, GT/108 was initially tested at Silverstone and was soon invoiced to none other than Shelby American. It was shipped to Shelby’s Venice, California, shop from the UK, and has remained in the US ever since. Remember, this was one of the earliest GT40s, with that original 1965 nose, making it all the more rare and special. And it was during its time with Shelby and crew that GT/108 received a "number of necessary repairs." Not only did GT/108 go on tour with Shelby as a display car on race weekends, it was also a demonstration car, driven by none other than Ken Miles, one of the greatest race drivers of all time.
Miles further tested the car ahead of Le Mans, where Henry Ford II (aka The Deuce) was determined to take down Enzo Ferrari. Speaking of The Deuce, Carroll Shelby actually drove the Ford CEO around in it at a Concours event in California, the only known time Ford II went for a ride in one of his eventual Ferrari killers. Basically, GT/108 was a demonstrator, and it eventually ended up in storage, alongside other GT40s. A few years later, Ford decided to sell these cars, and GT/108 then began a journey through a series of owners. It was given a complete mechanical restoration in the early 80s, but was never modified with, for example, more competitive wheels. Instead, it has retained Borrani wire wheels.
Thanks to a second mechanical freshening in 2003, it continues to be put on display at very exclusive events, such as Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. And now it’s returning to Pebble Beach, only this time for the auction. It needs a new caretaker. Girardo & Co. has the listing and the asking price will be revealed to serious inquiries only, meaning it's well into the seven figures. Photos courtesy of Girardo & Co.