The Car that Broke a Rivalry is Up For Sale

The Ford GT40 that raced in the 1966 Le Mans is for sale. For years before the race, Ford and Ferrari had been battling it out, with Ferrari dominating the scene and Ford hoping to break into the racing world. In order to leave its mark and start a new era of racing, Ford needed a decided and noteworthy victory. In 1966, Ford did just that by taking a 1-2-3 finish in the 24 hours of Le Mans. The trio of cars that achieved this great victory were all Ford GT40 Mk IIs, one of which is being offered through the RM Sotheby’s Auction House.

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Specifically, the car being offered was the third to cross the finish line that year. The first two cars were crewed by Shelby. This third car was a Holman and Moody team. While it took a third place spot, this car did beat out four Porsche entries, with the Ferrari rival coming in the eighth position.

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The GT40 has a 7.0 liter V8, 427 cubic-inch engine that was capable of around 485 horsepower. This vehicle is the only one to race in the Le Mans with an automatic gearbox instead of the four-speed manual.

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Before being retired, the car competed in three more races. It then went into private hands and made appearances in different car shows. Pre-auction estimates predict a sale of between $9 million and $12 million.

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