Mecum Auctions to provide GT/104, mentioned to be the most unique Shelby American car remaining
Mecum Auctions is set to unveil a enormous one,000-automobile giving at its approaching April 10-twelve sale in Houston, which involves fairly a few rarities that we seldom see sold on either side of the Atlantic. And a single of the most closely watched automobiles of the sale, held at Houston’;s Reliant Center, will be a 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype.
Ford’;s racing exploits in the 1960s are nothing at all brief of legendary, with the organization committing remarkable efforts to dominate a quantity of racing series at home and abroad. One of their most dramatic series of wins came with the success of the GT40 automobiles.
The automobile supplied at subsequent month’;s sale is prototype GT/104, which was the 1st car to obtain a light-weight chassis, utilizing 24 gauge steel instead of 22 gauge. This car was ready to be raced by Shelby American for the duration of the 1965 seasons. Right after 50 miles of original testing, it was sent to France for LeMans qualifying. This auto certified for eighth place, but it produced an engine fire in the 4th hour of the race and had to be retired. It was repaired at Ford Advanced Autos, obtaining a Cobra-spec 289 engine and modified front bodywork. It returned to the track for Nassau Speed Week in November 1964. Its ideal finish was ultimately at the 1965 Daytona Continental 2,000 Kilometers, coming in third with Bob Bondurant and Richie Ginther in the cockpit. The automobile was subsequently repaired by Ford and displayed at a quantity of displays, including the Detroit automobile present, right up until its sale to a private party in 1971.
In June 2010, it produced its way into the store of U.K.-based mostly GT40 professional Paul Lanzante, who returned the automobile (partially disassembled by then) to its Daytona configuration. The auto is stated to have the same 4.7-liter V8 engine that it ran with in the 1965 season, even though its suspension and bodywork have been reworked several times considering that. The automobile appears in outstanding condition following the restoration carried out by Lanzante, and it is believed to be the most authentic and proper prototype Shelby American GT40. It’;s even ready for the track, if its new owner dares.
Check out the Mecum Auctions site to see the total listing of tons for the upcoming Houston auction on April 10-twelve.
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