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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]
A rare combination of Hollywood and racing history, the Gulf livery racing suit that Steve McQueen wore for the movie Le Mans was sold in a California auction for a steep $800,000. After fees and taxes are taken into account, the total sum is actually $984,000.
With the exception of an automobile, this is the most expensive piece of racing memorabilia ever sold.
From the text of the Profiles in History auction catalog, “When principal filming of Le Mans was completed, Solar Productions donated this suit to the British newspaper, The Observer, for a special La Mans-themed contest in 1971.”
“By answering 3 Le Mans history questions correctly, 12 year-old Timothy Davies of Wolverhampton, England was chosen as the winner and presented with the suit by racing driver Richard ‘Dickie’ Attwood, winner of the 1970 Le Mans race and driver of the Porsche 917K Gulf car during driving sequences in the film.”
We’ve seen a ton of cars sporting the nostalgic Gulf Oil theme before, but this one has to be the most expensive of the bunch. With the countless possibilities that one can do with Bugatti’s extensive online configurator, it was only a matter of time before a Gulf-themed Veyron showed up at a dealership floor. We’re assuming that this is actually just a one-off that Bugatti did in order to honor the world famous livery but perhaps a customer did order it specifically.
Priced at well over a million dollars this unique sports car probably fetches an even higher price tag thanks to its one-of-a-kind livery.
And if you like this, might we suggest Mercedes-Benz’s Gulf-like SLS AMG from the New York Auto Show, as well as the Gulf and Fiat limited edition Abarth 500.
GALLERY: Gulf-Themed Bugatti Veyron
[Source: GT Spirit]
The Gulf Oil orange and blue livery is an iconic paint job that has transcended Gulf Oil’s demise into relative obscurity, with the classic colors still appearing on all kinds of racing merchandise, and even the Ford GT road car during its production run.
One collector of fine automobiles decided he liked the Gulf paint job so much, he bought all 14 of the cars that ever appeared. With storied names like Brabham, McLaren, Aston Martin and Porsche included (among them the greatest racer of all time, the 917), the price paid for the cars must have been nothing short of extravagant.
Hit the jump to see the list of Gulf Oil cars sold
Initially built as a one-off to celebrate Gulf’s 10th anniversary in Luxembourg, Fiat has made the decision to go ahead with a limited production of this custom 500. More than just a 500, it’s an Abarth 500 EsseEsse model, making 160-hp; far more than the standard car’s 101-hp.
Because Luxembourg is such a tiny country, the limited edition release is extremely small, with just 10 of the cars being built. Along with the orange and blue livery, inside the car gets Sabelt racing with seatbacks painted in the infamous blue/orange scheme. Pricing is set at around $35,000.
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