This is the first of the lightweight Mirages built to compete in the World Sportscar Championship. It is the only one to survive in Mirage configuration. It is more aerodynamic than its predecessors featuring slimmer, smoother bodywork. Most notable is the narrow roofline. It is powered by a 7.0 liter Ford V8 generating 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft torque.
This car, M10001, participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans but did not finish. The following year new engine limits prevented it from getting a second chance. It continued to compete in other races from 1967 through 1969 establishing an impressive record of wins.
1967 Gulf Mirage Superlightweight Chassis #M10001 the first of three lightweight Mirages built for Gulf Oil. This car is the only one existing of the three that were built to contest the 1967 World Championships. The other two cars (#M10002 AND #M10003) were rebuilt into GT40 chassis numbers #1074 and #1075. These were taken back to GT40 MK 1 configuration and specifications.
Competed in several of the World Sports Car Championship in 1967
September 21, 1967 -Skapnack, Sweden 1st OA Jo Bonnier (#2)
November 4, 1967 - Kylami South Africa 9 hour. 1St OA Jack Ickx/Brian Redman (#4)
November 9, 1967 - Kylami South Africa 9 Hour. 1st OA Jacky Ickx/D. Hobbs
December 8, 1968 - Lourenco Marques, 1st Malcom Guthrie/Mike Hailwood (#1)
This car has the second best race history of the GT40 Gulf Team Cars wîth the exception of Double Le Mans Winning Car #1075.