Henry Ford II requests the development of a GT model for competing with Ferrari. It must be done quickly because the 1964 season will begin soon. Ford had never designed and developed sports cars.
The aerodynamic defects of the first four prototypes, GT/101 to GT/104, are catastrophic. GT/103 and GT/104 are sent to Shelby for further testing and modification. GT/104 was sold for $ 7M before fees by Mecum on April 12, 2014.
The next prototypes are set by Shelby American after being built by Ford Advanced Vehicles. GT/105 is the first to be originally equipped with the 289 CI engine (4.7 liters) replacing the 255 CI (4.2 liters). GT/101 to GT/107 are coupes and GT/108 to GT/112 are roadsters.
The production series that starts in early 1965 under the reference GT40 is almost entirely composed of coupes. Its first variant, GT40 Mk I, is fitted with the 4.7 liter engine.
The GT/108 and GT/109 roadster prototypes are delivered in March 1965 by Ford Advanced Vehicles to Shelby. GT/108 is used to test the road performance. Having been continually maintained as a roadster, it was sold for $ 7M including premium by RM Auctions on August 15, 2014.
GT/109 is tested by Shelby for competition. It participates unsuccessfully at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1965 and is then used by Kar Kraft as a development model for the J-Car. It is the only roadster of the GT40 family to have competed at Le Mans. This Ford GT Competition Prototype Roadster will be sold by Mecum in Indianapolis on July 11, 2020, lot K129.
Please watch the video shared by Mecum before it passed at Kissimmee on January 12, lot S 138.