Extremely rare GT40 put through its paces at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
This year marks 50 years since the since another iconic Ford GT40 win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and to mark the occasion, a special car got the chance to run up the Goodwood hillclimb last weekend.
The GT40 roadster is a very rare prototype that was built in 1965 as a show car ahead of the Blue Oval’s successful run at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
As the car was never destined to be sold to customers, just five examples were ever produced and only two still exist to this day. This clearly explains the ludicrous prices they sell for at auction. In fact, during an RM Sotheby auction in 2018, the sister car sold for just under $7 million.
It’s clear that the driver of chassis GT/111 didn’t have the car’s value in the forefront of his mind during this run up the hill though. It looks like it’s 1965 once again and the car is being thrashed around with a race win at stake.
This run is why we all love the Goodwood Festival of Speed so much. It gives drivers the chance to put some of the most iconic cars in motorsport through their paces whilst fighting to put in a better time than a car 20 years younger than theirs.