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As befits the Greatest Show on

Earth, the Pebble Beach Concours

d’Elegance has several rings. For any

other circus, one would be sufficient.

But this, sir, is Pebble Beach. In the

center ring were seventeen fabulous

GT40s, there to celebrate the 50th An-

niversary of winning the prestigious

24 Hours of LeMans. Almost all of

them had significant race victories. In

the other rings, each quite a bit

smaller, were Two-Man Indianapolis

Race Cars 1930-1937, Bizzarinis, and

cars there to celebrate Lamborghini’s

50th Anniversary. And, of course, there

were the other two hundred-odd creme

of the creme of the classic car world.

Was the line of sparkling GT40

race-winners, parked diagonally side

by side, worth a $375 ticket? When you

consider that you would probably

never get to see all of these cars at the

same time at the same place again in

your lifetime, you could justify it.

I have seen GT40s at Pebble more

than once since I first attended in

1990, but what I saw this year when I

stepped on the field and joined the

crowd at the water’s edge exceeded


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Seventeen of the most historical GT40s of all time were summoned to Pebble Beach to celebrate

the 50th Anniversary of Ford’s 1966 LeMans victory. In doing so, they rendered

every other classic and exotic car on the show field the equivalent of elevator music.

– Harvey Sherman

GT/101. Claude and Sylvie Nahum, Fournex, Switzerland

. This car is an exact recre-

ation of the first-ever Ford GT. The original car was displayed at the New York Auto

Show in 1964 and then run at the LeMans trials driven by Jo Schlesser where it was

crashed and scrapped. This car was built from original drawings and photos and the

engine, one of only nine 255 cubic-inch push rod “Indy” engines (currently 3 known to

exist), was built from scratch with the assistance of Ford Heritage, race engineer Mose

Nowland and Cobra Automotive.

GT/103. Greg Miller, Sandy, Utah.

The earliest known GT40 chassis to exist. Sent to

Shelby American and prepared for the 1965 season. Driven by Ken Miles and Lloyd

Ruby at Daytona, this was the first GT40 to win a race. It also finished 2nd at Sebring

and 3rd. at Monza. Driven by Phil Hill at Nurbürgring fitted with a 325 cubic-inch

DOHC engine. Retired by the factory and sold; continued to be raced until 1970.