1967 Ford GT40
Custodian: Hagerty UK Hosted by: Huntsman
The Ford GT40 was the American firm’s riposte to the might of Ferrari in GT racing. Four successive Le Mans 24 Hour races were won by GT40s, cutting dead Ferrari’s six-victory streak as the ultimate revenge for Enzo having reneged on the deal to sell his company to Ford.
This car, chassis P/1069, was first shipped to Shelby American to be part of the Cobra Caravan promotional tour in the US. It was put into promotional service in Europe by John Wyer of JW Automotive, who ran the famous Gulf-liveried GT40s, with JWA entrusting Scuderia Filipinetti to display the car at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show. After the show, Filipinetti refused to return the model to JWA, and held it hostage over unpaid bills for work on two other GT40s (P/1033 and P/1040). The Ford later returned to the UK and became part of the manufacturer’s press fleet. It was displayed once more at the Geneva Motor Show, in 1969. The car would then pass through several collections, before the current custodian – an avowed Shelby and Ford enthusiast – had it restored to original specification.
Power: 380bhp | Top speed: 160mph | 0-60mph: N/A