Photo: Johnny Miles
Photo: Johnny Miles
Photo: Johnny Miles
Photo: Johnny Miles
Photo: Johnny Miles
Photo: Johnny Miles
Photo: Johnny Miles
Photo: Johnny Miles
Photo: Johnny Miles

1965 Ford GT40 Roadster

Miami Design District Concours 2019

Mar 1, 2019 | On Show

This 1965 GT40 prototype represents the origins of one of the most iconic and beloved racing cars in history. It was the eighth of 12 prototype GT40s and the first of six roadsters built. Roadster prototypes featured a slightly different nose and revised side intakes compared to coupe versions.

Originally intended to be a test and development car for Shelby American, this specific car was driven by the likes of Ken Miles, Carroll Shelby, and Jim Clark. Miles demonstrated GT/108 on runways in the shadow of Los Angeles International Airport for Ford board members, while Shelby used it to chauffeur Henry Ford II. Jim Clark got behind the wheel for some hot laps of Watkins Glen while there for the United States Grand Prix.

After touring the country and appearing at various events, this GT40 prototype traveled back to Michigan where it was used as a development car by Ford. GT/108 never turned a wheel in competition, but it played an instrumental role in the program that eventually led to Ford’s famous Le Mans victories in 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969.

 

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