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  Ford GT40 Mk II
 

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Built in:Slough, England
Produced in:1966
Numbers built:11 (Plus two prototypes)
Predecessor:Ford GT40
Successor:Ford Mk IV
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 16, 2016
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Chassis: GT40P/1031
Delivered to Shelby American late in 1965 for completion, this chassis was readied for its debut at the following Sebring 12 Hours. The car led for most of the race but the engine blew on the last corner. Dan Gurney pushed the car across the finish line but this was not allowed and chassis 1031 was disqualified. For Le Mans, it was updated to Mk IIB specification and entered for Ronnie Bucknum and Paul Hawkins. A seized engine ended their charge early. The car was hastily repaired and entered in the Reims 12 Hours a few weeks later as chassis 1047, which had been badly damaged in an accident during the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Exactly why the car did not just race under its own identity is uncertain; perhaps the carnet had expired. Regardless, Jo Schlesser and Guy Ligier drove the car to victory, scoring the last win for a Mk II and the only one for a Mk IIB. Following several more outings in France, it was retired from contemporary racing. Now referred to as chassis 1031/1047, the Reims 12 Hours winning GT40 has been carefully preserved ever since and is today part of the fabulous Revs Institute Collection from Naples, Florida.

Chassis details
Manufactured in 1966
First owner Shelby American
Major wins
1966 Reims 12 Hours (Guy Ligier / Jo Schlesser)
Last known location Revs Institute for Automotive Research
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  Article Image gallery (150) Chassis (8) GT40P/1031 Specifications User Comments (1)