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GT 40 fever

Started by deathsled, October 25, 2023, 10:29:48 PM

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deathsled

"Low she sits on five spoke wheels
Small block eight so live she feels
There she's parked beside the curb
Engine revving to disturb
She's the princess from his past
Red paint gold stripes damned she's fast"

FL SAAC

Home of the "Amazing Hertz 3 + 1 Musketeers"
I have all UNGOLD cars
I am certainly not a Shelby Expert

john galt

As with any expensive purchase, a potential GT40 buyer should hire a "qualified" expert to do a PPI and also research all reliable references (SAAC registries, Ronnie Spain's books).  For example, this is what Ronnie Spain's 1986 Book "GT40 Individual History and Race Record" shows for GT40P/1069. 

Coralsnake

#3
Spoken to Mr Spain several times, he is an excellent resource.

+1 on doing the research
The original Influencer, check out www.thecoralsnake.com

deathsled

Agreed on research before one buys.  You guys have all the connections. I am suitably impressed.
"Low she sits on five spoke wheels
Small block eight so live she feels
There she's parked beside the curb
Engine revving to disturb
She's the princess from his past
Red paint gold stripes damned she's fast"

98SVT - was 06GT

#5
Let the auction BS begin - Chassis P/1069 is an MK1 built to order for Ford USA. The posting mentions that it was a press car, so Ford USA likely wanted to give American automotive journalists a taste of what is arguably Carroll Shelby's greatest creation.
Yes SA helped them sort it out but it was no way their creation and it looks like this one never was in the US.

ALL GT 40s were "road legal" during that time period. Complete street cars that even carried spare tires was part of the rules. Here in the US we had different headlight laws (higher and round) so they made a different nose and called it the MK III.
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john galt

I hope I don't get "flamed" (pun intended) for showing Ronnie Spain's GT40P/1069 report.  All kidding aside, GT40 monocoques are extremely strong structures. Several cars have been "toasted" and lived to race another day.  If a GT40 was street driven in the UK for decades, a bigger and more prevalent concern is: rust.  Given the right shop, that too can be remedied.

john galt

#7
If the moderator would move this chain of posts to the section GT40 - Original/MKV, the info would be more beneficial to those interested in the earlier GT40's.  Thanks!

Prototype

What a beautiful piece.  Shame about the "circumstances."

deathsled

Quote from: john galt on October 29, 2023, 03:51:00 AM
If the moderator would more this chain of posts to the section GT40 - Original/MKV, the info would be more beneficial to those interested in the earlier GT40's.  Thanks!
Actually, you are correct. My mistake. I do not know how to move the topic, unfortunately.
"Low she sits on five spoke wheels
Small block eight so live she feels
There she's parked beside the curb
Engine revving to disturb
She's the princess from his past
Red paint gold stripes damned she's fast"

john galt

A "Thank You" to the moderator for moving this chain of posts to the proper discussion area.