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Top 10 Cars Every Guy Needs to Know
So, you call yourself a car guy. Fair enough, you’ve browsed on over to AutoGuide so you must have at least a little petroleum in your veins. But are you a true automobile enthusiast? Do you know your accelerator pump from your synchronizer? Here are 10 vehicles every car guy needs to know about.
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]
A very rare 1965 Ford GT40 prototype is being featured at RM Auctions and is to be sold May 21st. The GT40 is just one of five roadsters that were built.
This particular model, the GT/111, entered into the Targa Florio rally where it had numerous engine problems. Its 4.7-liter V8 was only firing on seven cylinders and it had the misfortune of crashing on its last lap. After its debut, the protoptype was transported back to England where it was stripped down and forgotten. Eventually the car was restored and RM Auctions is expecting to fetch $3.6- $4.3 million at the auction!