The Only Ford GT40 Roadster to Race at Le Mans Could Sell for $10 Million at Auction

Brian Silvestro
Photo credit: Mecum

From Road & Track

This 1965 Ford GT40 is one of just five ever built, and one of just two still in existence today. It raced at Le Mans, and now you can own it. If you have about $10 million lying around, that is.

Known as GT/109, this 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster is set to be auctioned off by Mecum next month at its Indianapolis event. Built by Ford Advanced Vehicles in England, it came equipped with a 289 cubic-inch V-8 from the Shelby Cobra connected to a five-speed ZF manual transmission. It's the only Roadster variant of the GT40 to race at Le Mans, entered in 1965 by Ford of France and driven by Maurice Trintignant and Guy Ligier. (It retired just 11 laps in due to gearbox issues.)

According to Mecum, GT/109 was sent back to Shelby American for a refresh after its appearance at Le Mans before being sent to Kar Kraft—a racing subsidiary owned by Ford—to become a development car for things like the company's automatic transmissions, four-cam "Indianapolis" engine, and more. It was then sent back to Shelby for another rebuild before being put into storage.

In 1968, GT/109 was acquired by stuntman and automotive customizer Dean Jeffries, who kept it up until his death in 2013. It was then purchased by none other than the founder of Mecum Auctions, Dana Mecum, who commissioned a Concours-level restoration to bring the car back to its original Le Mans specification. The car is now in perfect condition, and comes equipped with the original 289 V-8 it had when Jeffries took ownership.

Mecum estimates GT/109 will rake in anywhere from $7.5 to $10 million at its Indy 2020 auction, happening July 10-18. Considering the other surviving GT40 Roadster sold for $7.65 million at Monterey last year, those numbers don't seem too far off.

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