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1965 Ford GT40 Mark I

1965 Ford GT40 Mark I

1965 Ford GT40 Mark I

New rules taking effect for the 1966 season dictated that at least 50 examples had to be made to run the GT competition class. By the end of the 1965, specification was finalized, and production versions of the GT40s began with chassis GT40P/1000.

This was a major step for a program which had produced 12 cars of varying specification in 1964 and 1965 with limited results. Mid-1965 production began on series of race and road GT40s from Ford Advanced Vehicles in Slough, England from a finalized tub-chassis design.

Ford changed little for their road-going orders, handing over keys to Le Mans-ready cars for diminutive street use.

Under the large clamshell hood, the production GT40 used the Ford Fairlane V8 which was first installed by Shelby American. For the road, Ford supplied 335 bhp, in competition trim, with a lighter flywheel and no mufflers, this engine produced 380 bhp.

The interior is where Ford Advanced vehicles changed the road cars the most. As one would guess more interior trim, pockets and sound deadening where added in the mix. Further amenities included a heater, a radio and glass windscreens.

In total, 87 production GT40s were made from chassis GT40P/1000 to GT40P/1086. Around 30 of these were delivered with full interiors and wire wheels for use on the road.

1965 Ford GT40 Mark I 1965 Ford GT40 Mark I 1965 Ford GT40 Mark I

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Limited Production Car
built at Slough, England
production 87
price $ $ 16,250
engine Cobra-Spec, Water Cooled, 90 Degree, Ford Fairlane V8
position Mid Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Pushrod Actuated OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Weber Carburation
displacement 4736 cc / 289.0 in³
bore 101.6 mm / 4.00 in
stroke 72.9 mm / 2.87 in
compression 10.0:1
power 287.1 kw / 385.0 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output 81.29 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 403.99 bhp per tonne
torque 423.02 nm / 312 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
body / frame Fibreglass Body over Sheet-Steel Semi-Monocoque w/Square Tube Stiffening
driven wheels Mid Engine / RWD
front tires Goodyear Indy 6.00×16
rear tires Goodyear Indy 9.00×15
front brakes Girling Discs
rear brakes Girling Discs
front wheels F 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15 x 6.5 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 20.3 cm / 15 x 8 in
steering Rack & PInion
f suspension Unequal Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Tubular Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Dual Trailing Arms w/Upper Lateral Links, Reversed Lower Wsihbones,
curb weight 953 kg / 2100 lbs
wheelbase 2413 mm / 95.0 in
front track 1397 mm / 55 in
rear track 1397 mm / 55 in
length 4028 mm / 158.6 in
width 1778 mm / 70 in
height 1029 mm / 40.5 in
transmission Kar Kraft-Modified Colotti Type 37 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios 1.00:1, 1.29:1, 1.70:1, 2.50:1
top speed ~321.9 kph / 200 mph


Auction Sales History

1965 Ford GT40 Mark I

1967 Ford GT40 Mk 1 GT40P/1058 – sold for $3,520,000 One of Only 31 GT40 Mk 1 Road Cars Built. Ford Motor Company Promotional Car 1967–1968. Faithfully Presented in Original Carmen Red Livery with Borrani Wire Wheels. Well-Preserved Original Features Including the Interior. Auction Source: 2014 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company

1965 Ford GT40 Mark I

1965 Ford GT40 P/1034 – did not sell for $2,150,000 One of 31 GT40 Mark I road cars. Construction completed in 1965. Sympathetically restored and beautifully maintained; competition modifications. Well-documented example. Important benchmark in the development of the modern mid- engine supercar. Auction Source: 2013 Arizona Auction by RM

1965 Ford GT40 Mark I

1966 Ford GT40 Mk I P/1065 – sold for $1,650,000. The provenance of P/1065 is bolstered by a thoroughly documented record of continuous ownership, one that has been officially corroborated by both the Shelby Registry and the GT40 Enthusiasts Club. Furthermore, this car has been featured in a number of books and magazine articles about the GT40 model, including Ford GT40 by John S. Allen, GT40: An Individual History and Race Record by Ronnie Spain, the September 1978 issue of Autocar and the Spring 1984 issue of Supercar Classics. P/1065 was also photographed extensively for the substantial entry on the GT40 featured in Ultimate Automobiles by Alberto Martinez and Jose Rosinski.

Over the last year, this car has also undergone a substantial restoration that has included a rebuild of the engine, transmission, brakes and suspension, and a repaint in its original color. This work, conducted by Driver Source Fine Motor Cars of Houston, Texas, incurred roughly $100,000 in receipts, and ensures that the next owner is afforded the full potential of this car’s breathtaking performance and arresting presentation. Offered in its original color of Azure Blue without racing stripes, featuring Halibrand wheels and still displaying a remarkably low mileage of just under 3,200 miles, this GT40 Mk I is a heart-stopping example of the exhilarating American sports car that captivated the world. It is accompanied by full documentation of its recent restoration work, including receipts, parts orders, and numerous photographs. Indisputably rare, beautifully finished and historically rich, P/1065 is a striking testament to the early road-going counterpoint that such production cars offered to the model’s celebrated racing achievements. It would easily qualify as the crown jewel of most collections and would make a peerless addition to any assemblage of 1960s sports cars. Auction Source: 2010 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction

1965 Ford GT40 Mark I

1966 Ford GT40 MK1 1065 – sold for $1,465,000. Chassis number 1065 was sent to the Ford Merchandising Department in Dearborn but was not delivered to its first owner, Charles Hill of Dallas, Texas, until 1967. Andy Harman from Mississippi owned the car for a short while during 1969 before it was sold to English collector Nicholas Shrigley-Fiegl in 1970. A two-year restoration was undertaken in 1980-1982, and when completed the car only showed 2,035 recorded miles. Later, in 1984, William Loughran bought 1065.

GT40 chassis number 1065 has a well-documented history with a continuous chain of ownership. When Christie’s inspected the car in 1998 it still only showed 2,540 miles. In early 2000 the GT40 was sold to John McCaw and returned to America. Before purchase the car received a detailed inspection and the mileage showed 2,596. Auction Source: 2008 Monterey Preview