Ex-Le Mans GT40 and 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO on the block in Monterey
One of three Ford GT40s that, in 1966, beat the tempestuous Enzo Ferrari and his 330 P3s is up for sale by RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale in California in August. The car, which placed third in the 1966 battle is expected to sell for as much as $12m.
The car, number 5, is chassis number 1016, and was piloted by Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson under the Holman-Moody racing team banner. It completed 348 laps and was part of the iconic photo finish of the GT40s which locked out the top three spots.
It left ford’s Advanced Vehicles department on 11 September 1965 in the then colours of the company; white with a black bonnet. The car was The car was sent to Sebring International Raceway before lining up at The Daytona 24 Hour Continental over 5-6 February 1966. There, the car was driven by Bucknum – this time paired with Grand Prix racer Richie Ginther – as the race length was increased to 24 hours – at Ford’s request – in anticipation of Le Mans later that year. Ford swept up as victors in that race, all with GT40s, yet chassis number P/1016 did not finish, its automatic gearbox failing at 4:20 am after 13 hours.
A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO will also come under the hammer at Monterey.
Chassis no. 3413 GT, is the third of the 36 examples built, and began its life as a Series I car. Under Ferrari factory use, the GTO was a test car driven by Phil Hill for the 1962 Targa Florio road race. It was then sold to its first owner, one of Ferrari’s most favoured privateer customers, Edoardo Lualdi-Gabardi who entered the GTO in 10 races in 1962, winning all but one, in which he placed 2nd in class, and securing him the Italian National GT championship that year.
His incredible track success with the early GTO, right out of the gate, contributed significantly in cementing what would become the GTO legend and legacy as known today.