Ford very nearly bought Ferrari in the early 1960s, but the deal fell through because of a dispute over the Italian sports car maker wanting to remain in charge of its open-wheel racing program.
When negotiations broke down, Ford decided it wanted to win the race to end all races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and so built 12 GT40 prototypes which it used to dial in winning chassis and powertrain setups.
While most of that dozen have since been scrapped or modified, one of the roadster variants has remained as it was built, despite passing through the hands of many owners. And now, it’s up for sale.
Because these cars were effectively test mules for Ford’s Le Mans campaign, few of them were identical twins, this car being a good example: It was one of four built around a steel chassis, and whose body sported a one-off nose and taller engine intake scoops than the others.
The Classic Driver provides a detailed history of the car, including stints doing development testing, and appearances as a pace car and in public relations events at Ford dealerships.
After narrowly avoiding being destroyed during a dispute between Ford and U.S. Customs, the car found its first private owner in Detroit. From there, it passed to owners in Kansas, Montana, and California, and in 2013 was shown at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance as part of the GT40’s 50th anniversary.
And now, one of the finest and rarest examples of the iconic GT40 is up for sale, at a price that is “available upon request.” Anybody here got more money than they know what to do with?
(via Classic Driver)