Nobody knows quite how, but sometime during the mid-June 1967, this MKII-B GT40, which had started life as P/1031, a 7-liter MKII GT40 built at Ford Advanced Vehicles in Slough, England, mysteriously changed identity and became P/1047. A Ford insider recalls that at the beginning of each racing season, a carnet had to be raised for each car and a large bond deposited to insure its appearance on the start line. In the event of an accident that made it impossible to repair a car before it was due to race again, it was less expensive to switch chassis plates with another car than to forfeit the money that had been deposited. That's what seems to have happened to this car, which had already completed a grueling season's racing in 1966 before being upgraded to 1967 MkII-B specification, which its 427 cubic inch V8 engine modified to deliver greater power, reliability and durability.
For the 1967 LeMans 24-Hour race, Ford - anxious to repeat its sensational 1-2-3 victory of 1966 - entered a six-car team. This car, which ran as number 57, was painted light blue, and No. 1047, which was painted gold and ran as No. 5, were accompanied by four of the lighter and more aerodynamic MkIV "J-Cars" which bonded aluminum honeycomb frames. This car retired after 18 hours with a seized engine. GT40 No. 1047 had already crashed and would not race again that year.
After a hasty rebuild by Holman and Moody in Charlotte, NC, this car - now fitted with the chassis plate of No. 1047 - returned to France and won a 12 hour race just two weeks after LeMans. It was the last MkII - and the only MkII-B - to win a race.Also photographed at :
This Ford GT40 MKIIB is a re-creation that was built by a GT40 expert named Bryan Winfield in the mid 1980s. The car contains my original GT40 components, some of which include the dashboard structure, suspension, gearbox and CV joints. There is an original Ford 427 side-oiler V-8 engine with an original Kar Kraft 4-speed gearbox. It is finished in red with black side and top stripes and Halibrand-type knock off wheels. It originally carried chassis tags from GT40 1047 and now is identified as 1047B.
The 427 cubic-inch engine produces approximately 600 horsepower and there are four-wheel disc brakes. An independent suspension can be found in both the front and rear.
In 2009, this Ford GT40 MKIIB Re-Creation was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was expected to sell for $250,000 - $300,000. Sadly, a willing bidder capable of satisfying the cars reserve was not found. The lot was left unsold.