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.

Driven by American pair Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson, number five successfully completed 348 demanding laps at Le Mans and finished 3rd overall for the Holman & Moody racing team.

“The status of P/1016 speaks for itself, and if it wasn’t for this car, the history of motorsport as we know it would be very different. The sale of this GT40 represents a real chance for any collector or motorsport enthusiast to own a significant piece of history. To feature a car for sale that has played such a pivotal role in such a famous race is very important for us as we prepare for the Monterey auction. This Ford has been restored to the condition it raced in, which will be a vital consideration for any prospective buyer. Few cars can be considered gold standard, but this GT40 is, and will always be remembered as one of the Fords that finally beat Ferrari.”

Alexander Weaver, Car Specialist, at RM Sotheby’s, said

After the success at Le Mans, chassis number P/1016 went on to compete three more times before retiring, over the subsequent decades the GT40 forming part of various distinguished automobile collections. After life on the track, the car won ‘People’s Choice’ at Pebble Beach in 2003.

This story was written by automotive PR specialists Torque Agency Group.