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A pair of highly coveted Ford GT40s will be heading to the Monterey RM Auctions event on August 17-18th, 2012, including the famous camera car used in Steve McQueen’s Le Mans film.
There’s no denying that the GT40 is one of the world’s most respected and legendary race vehicles ever created, but the 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racing Car may be one of the world’s most famous vehicles ever. Raced extensively throughout 1968, the GT40 was then sold to Solar Productions in 1970 before utilized as a camera car in Le Mans. Since then, the car has gone on to several collectors and now it could be yours.
The other GT40 that will be auctioned off is a 1967 Mk I and is an authentic example of the first generation GT40 model. One of only 31 GT40 production road cars, it boasts a pearl white exterior contrasted by blue racing stripes. Amazingly there is only 4,749 miles on the odometer making it one of the world’s lowest mileage GT40s, if not the lowest. The 1967 GT40 has an estimated price of $2,300,000 to $2,700,000.
GALLERY: RM Auctions Ford GT40s
[Source: RM Auctions]
There are few classic super cars that can rival Ford‘s GT40 and with good reason. The real deal is hard to come across, but this Superformance GT40 MK II is as close as one can get to an original GT40. This is so close to the real deal in fact that it’s recognized by the SAAC GT40 world registry and according to Superformance, it can interchange 90-percent of its parts with an original car.
While we aren’t fortunate enough to see this thing in the flesh, the photos tell a good story of just how meticulously built this GT40 MK II is by Ed Wayland Company in Cornelius, NC. By law, Superformance was unable to sell their vehicles with a complete drivetrain, so it was up to the customers to decide which powertrain to mate to their creation. The previous owner of this GT40 went to Roush and dropped $26,000 for their Performance 427IR giving this GT40 560-hp and 540 lb-ft of torque.
The powerplant is mated to a $10,000 RBT ZF 25DS-2 six-speed manual transmission helping get all the power to the 17-inch Halibrand-style wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport rubber. And then there’s the immaculate interior, featuring original-style bucket seats reupholstered with leather and Willans four-point racing harnesses.
Looking to add this to your collection? Asking price is $129,900 with just 1,326-miles on the odometer.
GALLERY: 1966 Ford GT40 MK II
[Source: RK Motors]
With Mad Men setting off a slew of imitators producing 1960′s period pieces on network television, Ridley and Tony Scott, the two brothers collectively responsible for works like Top Gun and Gladiator, are apparently forging ahead with plans for a movie set in the 1960s, but with a motor racing theme.
“I grew up in the North of England at a time when Stirling Moss was a hero.Everyone wanted to be a racing driver. This is a hugely ambitious project and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tell the story of these iconic and legendary men who risked everything to win at Le Mans. It’s an epic story of courage and ambition and a history of racing which has never been told on such a grand scale,” Ridley Scott told Deadline.
Considering the uber-high production values and budgets that usually accompany one of the brothers movies, we literally cannot wait to see what transpires. The 1960′s were some of the best days of motorsports and played host to the infamous Ferrari/Ford rivalry among other legendary battles. Hopefully this one doesn’t languish in development hell.
The Ford Focus RS can be accurately described as belligerent, with its crackling exhaust, electric green paint and bulldog-esque stance. But there will inevitably be a segment that isn’t satisfied with its outrageous appearance.
For 5 lucky members of that demographic, Ford has whipped up a few Focus RS hatchbacks painted in historic liveries used by the Ford GT40 and Ford Capri RS 2600 race cars. In case you’re wondering, yes, the Gulf Oil paint scheme will be
Inside, custom Alcantara suede that matches the exterior paintwork, leather shift and handbrake boots and a numbered plaque help augment the car’s exterior changes.
The only downside is that Ford is only making five cars, and all will be available in France. If you’re well heeled and an EU Citizen, you know what to do.