A 1966 Ford GT40 that helped Ford achieve its first win at Le Mans has been consigned to RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction (24 – 25 August 2018). The iconic racecar formed part of the trio of GT40s that completed the legendary clean sweep of 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall places in 1966 at 24 Hours of Le Mans. This important piece of motorsport history is expected to fetch between $9,000,000 to $12,000,000 under the hammer.
Revolutionary motorsport engineering
Chassis number P/1016, the car to be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s forthcoming flagship auction, sported racing number five during the legendary battle at Le Mans. Propelled by a race-tuned 7.0-litre V8 engine, the GT40 possessed a much larger displacement engine than the competition from rival manufacturers. With Porshe’s 906 model powered by a 1.9-litre ‘flat six’ and Ferrari’s 275 GTB Competizione cars’ equipped with a 3.3-litre V12. The GT40’s mighty powertrain was ahead of its time and played a huge part in the manufacturers motorsport success.