Mecum auction plans to help out at least $ 7.5 million for the 1965 Ford GT Roadster

Mecum auction plans to help out at least $ 7.5 million for the 1965 Ford GT Roadster

July 2, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

A rare 1965 Ford GT Roadster prototype will be auctioned in July this year. The owners plan to help out for a sports car from 7.5 to 10 million dollars.

The car was built by Ford Advanced Vehicles in Slough, England, one of the five roadster models ever created, the only GT Roadster to race Le Mans 24 hours. The Mecum auction disclosed information about the auction in advance, an interesting fact is that they tried to sell the same prototype Ford GT Roadster two years ago.

There is another such racing car in the world (GT / 109 chassis), but it did not participate in the 24-hour Le Mans marathon. Unlike other Ford GT40 prototypes of those times, the roadster has oil coolers located on the sides of the engine, a higher rear spoiler, air vents in the rear of the body and an expansion tank for engine coolant. The car is powered by a 289 cubic inch Cobra-spec engine coupled to a ZF five-speed gearbox.

The sports car was driven by Maurice Trintignan and Guy Ligier during the race, but after the 11th lap the gearbox failed and he had to retire from the 24-hour race.

After 21 years, the racing car was bought by California stunt performer and customizer Dean Jeffries. After his death, the car went to his son, who sold the roadster in 2013 to Dan Mekum, the founder of Mecum Auctions. Just Mekum did a complete restoration of the roadster and now it looks exactly the same as in 1965.