1965 FORD GT40 Mk1
- Born as 1965 production racing coupé
- The February 1966 Brussels Motor Show car
- MGM camera car used in the making of the film “Grand Prix” driven by 1961 World Champion Phil Hill
- Proven race winning pre-66 (FIA Period F) GT40
- Fully race prepared with current FIA HTP and extensive spares
We are delighted to offer this genuine and important 1965 Ford GT40 chassis #GT40 P/1027 for sale.
P/1027 was born as a 1965 production racing coupé and – upon completion in “Belgian Yellow” – was immediately shipped to Brussels for display at the 1966 Brussels Motor Show.
It was then shipped back to Ford and repainted in white with a blue center strip when it was sold to the MGM Film Studio for use as one of the two film cars for John Frankenheimer’s film “Grand Prix” (the other film car was a Shelby Cobra), one of the best motor racing films ever made.
Just how did John Frankenheimer achieve those stunning car-to-car shots, brought to the cinema in very 1960s split-screen editing? Many of them were filmed from an adapted version of P/1027, a potent racing car converted to high-speed camera car and driven during the 1966 Grand Prix season by drivers such as 1961 World Champion Phil Hill and kiwi racer Jack Brabham. Beneath a predictably preposterous plot, the action is fairly realistic and considerably enhanced by the high-speed stunts where stars such as James Garner (a very handy driver) followed the modified GT40, just inches away from the camera lens. The professional drivers behind the wheel of the 200mph GT40 needed real guts to maintain a realistic pace at a circuit such as Monaco, Spa, River Side, Watkins Glen, Sebring, etc.. The car’s 500+ page history file contains many beautiful pictures of P/1027 in filming action.
Filming continued well into 1967 and, after its vital backstage role on the silver screen, P/1027 was sold by MGM to Charles Sechan in Prospect, Pennsylvania, who resprayed it maroon with gold sill lines and used it as a road car. In February 1968 it was sold to Jim Toensing, the of Minneapolois. Jim vintage raced it and following a shunt at Elkhart Lake, next owner James Ladwig commissioned a complete restoration. The restoration was to the exact original specifications using original components and parts. The end result was one of the finest and most correct GT-40's in the world. It was judged "best race car" at the meadow brook concours in 1993 after which the P/1027 was displayed at the Briggs Cunningham Automotive Museum in Costa Mesa, California, where it remained until the museum’s closure in the mid 1990s. Ownership then passed to well known Hong Kong based collector Chip Connor who titled the car in Nevada where it joined his collection until 2002.
Arch enthusiast and doyen of the collecting world, Sir Anthony Bamford, then bought it, via Barret Jackson in August 2002, for $405,000. Entrusting its race preparation to Gelscoe Motorsport who produced the 2005 Whitsun Trophy-winning machine driven by Sam Hancock setting a then blistering 1:23.7 lap record.
In 2006 it was sold to Lord Irvine Laidlaw who campaigned it – now in his familiar maroon/silver colour scheme, and run by the experienced Simon Hadfield – at the 2008 Le Mans Classic and at Dijon in 2009. It was then sold to long time historic racer and collector Carlos Monteverde who returned it to its original livery and ran it just once, at the 2010 Le Mans Classic after which we sold it to its current owner who has successfully campaigned the car on the historic racing scene participating in many of the prestigious events such as the Goodwood Revival and Members Meeting, Le Mans Classic, Patrick Peter’s CER races, etc..
Chassis P/1027 is sold in totally race-ready condition equipped with new fuel bladders fitted by Premier Fuel systems (certificates available) and with current Period F FIA HTP papers valid until 2025. The car comes with an extensive spares package and an impressive 500+ page history dossier compiled by GT40 historian Ronnie Spain.
This genuine, race-born Ford GT40 car represents the perfect opportunity for those looking for a potent historic racing car with fascinating history which is a welcome entry into the world's most prestigious evenets while it will also fit prominently in any serious car collection.