1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype Goes to Auction in August
The rare roadster, one of only four ever made, is expected to sell for eight figures at RM Auctions' August event in Monterey
This year’s RM Auctions event in Monterey, California (August 15-16) is chock full of ridiculous dream cars, including an absurd number of vintage Ferraris and a 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 that we would probably sell a kidney for. One model in particular, however, might warrant selling off a kidney, an arm, a leg, and whatever other body bits could possibly qualify as superfluous: the 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype.
The GT40 is the 8th of 12 examples built by Shelby American as part of Henry Ford II’s mad quest to publicly humiliate Enzo Ferrari at Le Mans (as chronicled in the exceptional Go Like Hell), but it is exceedingly rare in that it is one of only four roadsters ever built for testing.
The 1965 GT40 Roadster Prototype that will hit the block in mid-August, chassis GT/108 was driven by Ken Miles, Jim Clark, Dickie Attwood, and Carroll Shelby. RM Auctions says that it spent more than two decades in single ownership, and all signs seem to indicate that it’s been kept in phenomenal shape.
Despite a lack of pre-sale estimate, Hagerty anticipates that the rare roadster will fetch an eight-figure price and set a world record for Ford vehicles sold at auction. So perhaps that whole arm-and-a-leg-and-another-pound-of-flesh thing is more than apt for anyone looking to bring this bad boy home.
For more information on the upcoming RM Auctions Monterey event and the lots available for bidding, check back in as the months roll on.
Gallery: 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype (Images Courtesy of RM Auctions)