A 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I is being auctioned. How many millions will it take to get your hands on this copy? – Auto123

• A 1966 Ford GT40 Mk 1 will be auctioned next January.

Produced from 1964 to 1969, the Ford GT40 achieved the status of a legend in the history of motorsport because with it Ford managed to dethrone Ferrari at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In fact, Ford won this event four years in a row, from 1966 to 1969, with a car designed specifically for this mission.

Sources regarding production numbers vary (here 105, there 131, at times 124), but one thing is certain; the circulation was limited. All of this means that the model has exceptional value on the market. When a specimen appears at auction, attention turns to it.

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The 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I, rear

This will happen next January, when the Mecum Group will hold an event there offering one of the 31 examples built for the road, a GT40 Mk I. The whole thing will take place in Kissimmee, Florida.

According to the ad informing us of the sale, the car has only covered 13,442 miles since new and has never been involved in an accident. One of its first owners was the Italian Umberto Maglioli, who was a factory driver for Porsche and Ferrari and won prestigious races such as the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Targa Florio.

Mecum doesn’t provide the VIN number, but says the car comes with its original blueprint and a history file signed by Ronnie Spain, a renowned expert on the GT40. An earlier restoration by the German company Ruf is also very detailed.

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The Ford GT40 Mk I from 1966 in profile

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The interior of the 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I

The GT40 has benefited from various mechanics over time. Like most, the version offered is powered by a 4.7-liter V8 equipped with Weber carburetors. A five-speed manual transmission connects the mechanics and the rear wheels.

The example offered is dressed in metallic blue. It is also equipped with Borrani rims and a black leather interior.

The auction will take place on January 12th.

The record price for a Ford GT40 goes to a 1968 example that sold for $11 million in 2012.

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Exterior design of the 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I

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1966 Ford GT40 Mk I seats

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1966 Ford GT40 Mk I engine

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Steering wheel of the 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I