Sunday, March 12, 2017

1966 Ford GT40 MkII

The Ford GT40 is a high-performance endurance racing car, designed and built in England (Mk I, Mk II, and Mk III) and in the United States (Mk IV), and powered by a series of American-built engines. The GT40 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four consecutive times, from 1966 to 1969, including a 1-2-3 finish in 1966.
The Mk2 used the 7.0-litre(427 ci) modified engine from the Ford Galaxie, which was an engine used in NASCAR at the time. The car's chassis and other parts of the car were re-designed and modified by Carroll Shelby to accommodate the larger and heavier 427 engine.
In 1966, the MkII dominated Le Mans, beating Ferrari like a slow mule. After the success of the MkII cars, the Ford GT40 went on to win the race for the next three years, being undefeated until 1970.
In 2012 a very rare 1968 Ford GT40 racer sold for $11 million, then a record for any American auto at auction. Finished in trademark powder blue, it was estimated to fetch $8 million