Last-ever Ford GT40 made goes up for auction

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The last ever Ford GT40 MkII to be made – one with a curious history – is going up for auction

Chris Amon, Bruce McLaren, Ford Mk II, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Le Mans, 19 June 1966. The Ford Mk II of Bruce McLaren and Chris Zamon racing towards victory in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. (Photo by Bernard Cahier/Getty Images)

The GT40's legend was sealed with its first of four Le Mans wins in 1966 – chassis 1085 is one the more curious examples

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A unique piece of racing history will be going up for online auction in June – the last-ever Ford GT40 MkII chassis to be made.

Chassis P/1085, produced in 1969, was the 105th and final numbered GT40 to be built by coachbuilder Abbey Panels, and will now be sold as part of the ‘Geared Online’ auction, held by Gooding & Co.

Not only is the car notable for its place in a legendary racing lineage, it also has one of the more curious back-stories in motor sport history.

Once finished, 1085 was purchased as a spare by New York collector Gil Jackson and subsequently shipped to the States. The first GT40 he’d purchased was the ex-Alan Mann Racing chassis 1009.

However, the car was never used – or even taken out of its box.

Immediately put into storage, the GT40 sat in a crate with a full set of spares and components for 36 years.

When the pristine car was eventually purchased in 2009 by historic racer Jonathan Turner, he found rolled-up copies of Motoring News from 1969 inserted to protect the engine trumpets.

From the archive

1085 first ran in April 2009 at Donington Park, and has since campaigned in historic racing events.

The car was been put into a John Wyer Automotive ‘Gulf’ specification, with Gurney Weslake V8, powder blue livery, and 10″ and 14″ wheels with vented disc brakes and four-pot calipers to bring it in line with the GT40s of 1968 and 1969.

Although auctioneers Gooding & Company havn’t put an estimate on the car, given its provenance it’s expected to fetch a large sum.

In 2018, the Ford GT40 MkII which finished third at the 1966 Le Mans sold for $9,750,000 (£6,920,000).

The ‘Geared Online | June’ auction beings on June 11 and ends June 18.