From Grave to Glory

1965 Ford GT40 Prototype

It goes without saying that the original Ford GT40 stands as one of the most iconic American cars of all time. Originally designed to go up against Ferrari in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race series, it won the race four times in a row from 1966 to 1969, which undoubtedly shamed the Italian automaker. Well, if you’ve got enough (emphasis on enough) coin laying around, you just might be able to own a piece of history. This stunning 1965 Ford GT40 Prototype is going up for auction in late May. This particular green GT #111 is powered by a 4.7 liter V8 with 444 horsepower and was originally built as one of twelve pre-production roadster versions. It crashed in the Italian Targa Florio race and was sent to Britain where it sat idle and unnoticed, left to rust. The idea of building GT40 roadsters was scrapped soon after, opting for the hardtop that won it all, and such is history. #111 was discovered four decades later and verified as the real deal, then brought back to its original luster and reintroduced to racing, this time under the Le Mans Classic Series. On May 21st, see this masterful automotive work go on the auction block at Villa D’Este in Tivoli, Italy. Get your plane ticket and your bank vault ready. This truly remarkable automobile is expected to fetch in excess of $4 million. Have mercy.