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  Ford GT40 'AM Lightweight'
 

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Built in:Slough, England
Produced in:1966
Numbers built:2
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 27, 2010
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Chassis: AM GT-2
This was the second of a batch of five chassis picked up directly from Abbey Panels by Alan Mann. The first two (AM GT-1 and AM GT-2) were completed with the standard '289' engine and the other three (XGT-1, XGT-2 and XGT-3) were sent to Shelby for completion as Mk IIs. AM GT-2 was however by no means a regular GT40 as it featured aluminium body panels. Further weight was shed by the removing the sill covers altogether. Another distinct feature was the use of the brake-cooling scoops usually only seen on the larger engined Mk IIs. Early in 1966, the two Alan Mann Lightweight cars were raced at Sebring and used in the Le Mans trials.

Driven by Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart AM GT-2 placed third on the grid at Sebring but a valve failure ended the race prematurely for the two Formula 1 aces. Stewart set the third fastest time in the Le Mans trials but Alan Mann was nevertheless ordered by Ford to use his three big-block GT40s for the race. In December the car was sold to privateer racer Paul Hawkins. For Group 4 homologation purposes he had the aluminium panels replaced by the stock fibreglass ones and went racing. Hawkins racked up victory after victory in 1967 and 1968, making AM GT-2 one of the most successful GT40s ever. After two spectacular seasons, Hawkins sold his special GT40 to Jose-Maria Juncadella. He raced the car under his 'Escuderia Montjuich' banner for another two years.

AM GT-2 passed through only very few hands and was at one point displayed for a decade in the Midland Motor Museum. The current owner acquired the car in 2009 and immediately handed it to Paul Lanzante for a complete restoration to its original condition. With the aluminium panels no longer available, Lanzante's talented crew had no other choice than to create them from scratch. In September 2010, the work was completed and the car was immediately entered in the Goodwood Revival 'Whitsun Trophy'. Sporting the Alan Mann colours for the first time since 1966, AM GT-2 was skilfully piloted for the owner by Ray Bellm.


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