One of the few examples of a car that revolutionized America’s stance in the supercar segment, the 1965 Ford GT40 , could be yours, provided you have at least $5 million lying around somewhere and have registered for the RM auction to be held in Arizona on January 18th 2013.
This was the only racecar from America – or from anywhere for that matter – that ever sent chills down Enzo Ferrari ’s spine. These chills were magnified when the Ford GT 40 broke the streak of wins that Ferrari was enjoying. To celebrate the victories, Ford had built seven street-legal versions of the Le Mans-winning GT40, and one of them is the racing green painted beauty that you see above.
Powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine that was detuned to 335 horsepower, it doesn’t really spell “power” as compared to today’s supercars. Bear in mind, however, that this car is 47 years old and back in `66, this was one of the most powerful cars that boys would drool all over.
The road version of the Le Mans GT40 received some significant tuning to keep the owner’s neck and spine intact. The shocks were softened, the shift lever was moved to the center and the hard bucket seat was replaced by softer bucket seats for the driver and passenger.
Up for sale at RM Auctions, this 1965 Ford GT40 is expected to sell at $3 million dollars. Most of you will think that is quite a lot for an American car, but this is not just any American car. It’s one of the seven examples in history that helped shape America’s stance in international racing and proved to the Italians that they aren’t the only ones who know how to race and win.
We’ll update this article once the auction starts with official numbers in the price tag
gallery: Ford GT40