V8-powered kit car apes legendary race car's looks.
Ford’s triumph over Ferrari at the 1966 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has now become the stuff of legend. Henry Ford II had attempted to buy Ferrari, only to have his offer scoffed at by Enzo Ferrari, prompting a feud that would lead Ford to vow to beat Ferrari no matter the cost. After gaining experience during the 1964 and 1965 seasons, Ford went out in 1966 and dominated throughout, locking out the podium at Daytona, Sebring, and, most importantly for the rivalry with Ferrari, Le Mans. With such an epic history, Ford GT40s, and especially racing versions, are highly sought after, with the 3rd place finisher at the 1966 Le Mans race going for a whopping $9,795,000 at an auction earlier this year.
However, if you want a GT40 but can’t afford to spend several million, a V8-powered replica has come up for sale on Craigslist in Vancouver. Freshly rebuilt, the car has practically zero miles on the odometer, and is powered by a 4.9 liter fuel-injected Cadillac V8. This behemoth of an engine is mated to a five-speed manual, and while no power or performance specifications are listed, you can expect it to produce a fairly healthy dose of horsepower.
The owner describes the body as a Kelison body kit and claims its bodywork is lightweight. Additionally, there are gullwing doors and LED headlights and taillights, as well as a satin black paint job. With an asking price of $32,000, it is certainly cheaper than an older GT40, a used 2005 Ford GT, or the current $450,000 Ford GT supercar.
The real questions surround the looks, which are definitely more on the kit car side of things, with a slightly over-elongated hood, ritzy chrome wheels, and a simple interior. Nonetheless, the quad exhaust pipes look amazing, and the promise of a massive V8 and a lightweight body means this homemade GT40 is worth a look.