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For Sale: Ford GT40 Race Car

Submitted by on May 3, 2012


Built to tackle Ferrari’s domination of Le Mans, Ford’s GT40 quickly became the sportscar to beat in the late 1960s. Not only did it break Ferrari’s six-year winning streak in the great race, but Ford and their GT40s quickly went about building a winning streak of their own; winning the race for four consecutive years from ’66 to ’69.

GT40 P/1003, raced by Guy Ligier, founder of the Ligier Formula One team and a tidy steerer in his own right, Jean-Michel Giorgi and Ford France to great success and providence, is up for sale at Fiskens.

After making his start in sportscar racing in 1964 in a Porsche 904, Ligier ran this GT40 in the 1965 International Championship for GT Manufacturers as a Team France entry. It quickly became the first GT40 to score a win in Europe, taking victories at Magny-Cours, the Grand Prix of Albi and in the Trophee du Cognac, along with class wins at the Chamrousse and Mont-Dore hillclimbs.

Its successful ’65 season was followed by a class win and fifth overall in the 1000 Kilometers of Nürburgring in ’66, before it moved on to Jean-Michel Giorgi.

Giorgi continued the car’s successful career in 1967, running it as a Ford France machine with co-driver Henri Greder. The pair followed up with another class win in the 1000km of Nürburgring  and scored a mighty class win and fifth overall in the ’67 Targa Florio.

A win in the 12 Hours of Reims and class win class win at Magny-Cours rounded out its ’67 season and it made its final appearance as a Ford France car in the 1000 Kilometers of Paris at Montlhery.

Storied and successful, GT40 P/1003 has had just one owner for the last thirty years and is one of the most original GT40s around. It’s up for sale at Fiskens and you can see more by hitting this link to their website.

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