If you've got the funds, you could own the first and only remainingFord GT40
Roadster ever built. This prototype, which finished construction in 1965, bears the chassis number GT/108, and is listed for sale onClassic Driver
by Girardo & Co.
It was one of just six GT40 Roadsters built whenFord
was exploring demand for this topless configuration of the vehicle. The remaining cars were either fitted with hard tops or disassembled, asRoad & Track
points out. It's also one of four built with a steel chassis.
This particular car underwent testing atSilverstone
, driven by 1961 British Touring Car Champion Sir John Whitmore and 1970Le Mans
24 Hours winner Richard "Dickie" Attwood. From there it was shipped toShelby
American in California in April 1965 for further development. It never raced, but Ken Miles drove the car as a demonstration at Laguna Seca that May, and later at Riverside. The GT40 Roadster was displayed at the South Course Concours d'Elegance at Newport Beach, and later at the Shelby American LAX complex, where Ken Miles andCarrol Shelby
gave rides toHenry Ford II
. That October, the GT/108 took demo laps at the U.S.Grand Prix
with two-time F1 championJim Clark
at the wheel.
After some more PR duty, the car was put in storage at Kar Kraft, before being bought by its first private owner, George Sawyer, in Detroit. It changed hands several times after that, showing up at the occasional vintage competition orcar show
, and owner John McCaw commissioned GT40 historian Ronnie Spain to compile a detailed history of chassis GT/108.
If you want to take a look at the Ford GT40 Roadster before it changes hands again, it'll be on display atThe Quail
during thePebble Beach
Concours d'Elegance. Because of its rarity, and its special history, chassis GT/108 will likely go for a price in the high seven figures, if not more.Related Video: