Remember the Ford GT Prototype Roadster that shocked the world in the mid ’60s? One of the only five models ever built will soon be auctioned off at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Estee — and if you can pony up the cash, this one is a keeper.
Proudly wearing the Linden Green hue, this particular model — chassis number GT/111 — was first tested at the 1965 Le Mans by John Whitmore before being deployed as a Works competitor in the Targa Florio endurance competition. The car took as high as third place with Whitmore joined by Bob Bondurant as co-driver. Unfortunately, the vehicle was required to be withdrawn from the circuit due to recing-induced damage.
After its retirement, chassis GT/111 seemed to have perished for nearly 40 years until its recent rediscovery in 2006. Following an extensive restoration, this fine machine made a 2007 return to the circuit at the Goodwood Revival and has since participated in competitive racing events at some of the most reputable trials in Europe.
“The Ford GT represents one of the world’s most iconic sports car designs,” said Max Girardo, RM Europe’s managing director. “Joining power with beauty, it is the perfect fit for our debut sale at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. As one of just four surviving examples and one of only three to have been raced by the Works, it presents an extraordinarily rare ownership opportunity for discerning collectors, deserving of close inspection.”
GT/111 will be auctioned at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, Italy on May 21. The starting price has not yet been announced… but just in case we need it, wanna go hafsies?