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1966 Ford GT40 MKI Coupe Vehicle Profile

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

1966 Ford GT40 photograph

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Every car manufacturer during the 1960s wanted to beat the race-winning Maranello boys. Ford's desire to do so became even greater when Enzo Ferrari abruptly terminated negotiations to sell his company to Ford. The Ford GT-40 program was a result of Henry Ford II's unsuccessful attempt to buy Ferrari. Initially welcomed by Ferrari, a deal was all but agreed on - but Ferrari called it off in 1963 after an agreement with Fiat gave some financial backing to Ferrari while also promising to preserve Ferrari's independent. When rebuffed, Henry decreed that Ford compete at long-distance races against Ferrari (who won at LeMans six times from 1960 to 1965). The Ford GT-40 became a winner of the 24 Hours of LeMans four times, from 1966 to 1969.

The decision to go head-to-head with Ferrari by building a car to compete against them came directly from Henry Ford II; the design-and-build work took place in England by Eric Broadley of Lola Cars.

The result of such teamwork was the Ford GT, later called the GT40 because the distance from the ground to the top of the windshield/ roof was 40 inches. The car was named the GT after the Grand Tourismo category; the 40 represented its overall height of 40 inches, as required by the rules. Ford V8 engine of 4.7 and 7.0 liters were used, compared with the Ferrari V12, which displaced 3.0 or 4.0 liters. The first 12 'prototype' vehicles carried serial numbers GT-101 through GT-112. When 'production' began, subsequent cars were officially called 'GT-40s,' which dispels the story that the identifier was 'only a nickname.'


The prototype was unveiled in April 1964. The early cars used a 4.2 liter Ford V8 which did not turn out to be a winner. The Mk II cars were fitted with a monstrous 7-liter engine that had been tried and tested on racetracks in America.

Ford had cracked it; they secured a 1-2-3 finish at Daytona. In 1966, there was the historic 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans, beating the Ferrari team, and further first-place finishes in 1967, 1968 and 1969.

The example displayed was purchased by Zora Duntov for the Corvette group and was extensively tested as part of a mid-engine Corvette study program. Found in 1967 by the present owner and restored in 1989, it has been driven on the street and enjoyed for the past 47 years. It was restored for a Watkins Glen racetrack reunion in 1989.



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1966 Ford GT40 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1966 sales)
1966 Shelby GT40 MkII 50th Anniversary
Chassis#: CSGT40P2068
Sold for USD$115,500
  2018 Mecum : Monterey
 
1966 Ford GT40 MkI
Chassis#: P/1028
Sold for USD$4,400,000
  2016 Mecum : Monterey
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1966 Ford GT40 'P/1057'
Chassis#: P/1057
Sold for USD$2,900,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
 
1966 Ford GT40 Mk I
Chassis#: GT40 P/1065
Sold for USD$3,300,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Amelia Island Auction
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1966 Ford GT40
Chassis#: GT40P/1033
Sold for USD$2,205,000
  2012 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
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1966 FORD GT-40
Chassis#: GTD4020390
Sold for USD$45,500
  2011 Russo & Steele - Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1966 FORD GT40 2 DOOR COUPE
Sold for USD$78,100
  2010 Barrett-Jackson Auction - Las Vegas
 
1966 Ford GT40 Mk I
Sold for USD$1,650,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
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1966 Ford GT40 MK1
Chassis#: 1065
Sold for USD$1,465,000
  2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions
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1966 Ford GT40
Chassis#: 1065
Sold for USD$1,997,565
  2007 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
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1966 FORD GT40
Sold for USD$99,000
  2004 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2004
 
1966 FORD GT40 'CAV 'COUPE
Sold for USD$121,000
  2003 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2003
 
1966 FORD GT40 MK I COUPE
Chassis#: GT40P 1027
Sold for USD$412,500
  2002 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2002
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1966 Ford GT40's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1966 Ford GT40 CoupéP/10422019 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $850,000$1,250,000
1966 Ford GT40 Mk IGT40 P/10572018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $3,500,000$4,000,000
1966 FORD GT40 / MARK I 2016 Leake Dallas Market Hall$150,000  
1966 Ford GT40 P/1061P/10612016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey $3,750,000$4,250,000
1966 FORD GT40 2011 Silver Auction Ft McDowell, Arizona$95,000  
1966 Ford GT40 MK I Coupe 2009 Mecum Original Spring Classic Auction 22nd Year$2,200,000  
1966 Ford GT40 MK IIB 2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company $250,000$300,000
1966 Ford GT40 Coupe 2009 Boca Raton, FL Kruse$70,000  
1966 Ford GT40 MK1 2008 Gooding & Company   

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