This Ford GT40 Roadster (GT108) was the first of the open cars completed in March of 1965. It was first delivered to Carroll Shelby shops and tested at Silverstone by John Whitmore and Dickie Atwood, and by Ken Miles at Riverside that year. The car was the official factory test bed for the ZF transaxle, and resulted in all GT40s using the ZF from then on.
GT108 has had a very active racing history, both in world-wide competition while new, and in vintage racing more recently. It has never been seriously damaged and is the only intact and fully original roadster remaining.
The initial prototypes were all coupes, based on the design criteria of the time. Only four roadsters were built. Of the other three, one exists only as parts, one was converted to a coupe and the other has long since vanished. This car was the official test bed for the ZF transaxle. Successfully completing thousands of miles and resulting in all GT40's using the ZF from then on.
From 1965 to 1992 the car was owned by George Sawyer, John Robertson and Tom Congleton. The car was restored for both Congleton and Robertson and successfully vintage raced through the 1980s and 90s. It is the only intact example that still carries the correct 1965-style nose, and the low tail section unique to roadsters. This car is also the only roadster , or 'Spyder', to remain in as-built condition.