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This Original Ford GT40 Mk1 Press Car Is Up For Grabs

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Photos: PistonHeads

Classic racecars are some of the most coveted classics and routinely go for high prices if they make it to auction. When it comes to classic Ford racecars, the GT40 stands out as one of the most legendary in the lineup, with four consecutive Le Mans wins from ‘66-’69. Last week, an original Ford GT40 press car was listed for sale on PistonHeads, and it looks like the real deal.

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Photo: PistonHeads

The car you see here is a Mk I GT40 (P/1069), which was built for the Scuderia Filipinetti racing team to display at the ‘67 Geneva Motor Show. After its appearance in Geneva (where the original Opalescent Silver Blue paint was swapped for Metallic Borneo Green), Ford UK began using it as a press car, and journalists across the pond got a chance to take it for a spin. The car made the rounds across various auto publications and eventually made it back to the Geneva Motor Show in ‘69. Formula 1 champion Graham Hill took it for a test drive before a private collector got a hold of it in ‘71, and it wasn’t resold until 2007 (and eventually returned to its original blue colorway).

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Photo: PistonHeads

GT40s are hard to come by, especially a road-going model, as most of them were converted for racing, and remain one of the most iconic American racecars in history. The Mk I won the 24 Hours of Les Mans in ‘68 and ‘69 and was the second chassis to win it more than once, and the Mk IV was the sole car built entirely in the States to nab a win at Le Mans in ‘67.

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Photo: PistonHeads

This original Ford GT40 P/1069 press car was up for auction on PistonHeads earlier this month, and at the time of writing, it looks like the post has been taken down. But there’s no official word on a buyer, so you can keep your eyes peeled on PistonHeads for more info. Regarding price, PistonHeads has also advised interested buyers to set aside at least several million dollars.