GT40 Replica Auction
We are fortunate to have a replica of the 1967 Ford GT40 Mk l, custom-built to resemble as closely as possible the legendary 24 Hour Le Mans winner, right down to an authentic Ford 289 cubic inch motor and ZF five-speed transaxle.
This car was graciously donated to DVEN by Mr. Michael Zarabi to support our disabled veteran and cancer survivor programs. The car was restored for us by Daryl Alison, owner of Just Driven LLC, Orange, California. You can view more of Just Driven’s work on their YouTube channel: Just Driven on YouTube.
The Ford GT40 came into existence because of a disagreement between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari. Henry Ford II wanted to see a Ford car competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, arguably the most famous endurance sports car race in the world. As a result, he reacted with enormous interest when he learned that Enzo Ferrari was interested in selling Ferrari, and spent millions of dollars on legal expenses and an exhaustive audit of Ferrari’s assets.
However, the two came into conflict at a late stage in the negotiations and Enzo Ferrari cut off talks. Henry Ford II was enraged and told his racing division to come up with a car that would beat Ferrari at Le Mans. The result was the GT40.
The GT40 program was successful and the car won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969. The GT40 originally used an American Ford V-8, a 4.7-liter engine displacing 289 cubic inches. The later version of the car used a 302 cubic inch, 4.9-liter engine with custom-designed Dan Gurney/Weslake alloy cylinder heads.
The car was named the GT (for Grand Touring) with the 40 representing its height of 40 inches, measured at the windshield, as required by the rules.
Watch Caroll Shelby’s interview on YouTube. If you enjoy sports cars, you will love this interview: Carroll Shelby – The Lost Interview | Ford v Ferrari
The contemporary Ford GT is the modern descendent of the GT40.
We will be auctioning this car later this year to support our disabled veteran programs. Complete the contact form below to join our information list.
Below are a few shots of our restoration. After three years, we finally put the car on the track at the Thermal Club in Palm Desert, California. It was fun to drive. Very 60’s technology but lots of power. If you really like to drive, you will love this car. Even among the Porsche GT3s and Aston Martins, this car really stands out.