Mecum’s upcoming Kissimmee auction will feature both a Ferrari LaFerrari coupe and a LaFerrari Aperta, both of which will fetch in excess of $3 million. However, it is this 1965 Ford GT Competition Prototype Roadster that will be the standout of the event.
The stunning vehicle is one of just 5 Roadsters original built by Ford Advanced Vehicles and is one of just two that has survived. It also happens to be one of the earliest Ford GTs ever manufactured.
We all know the story of how Ford set about beating Ferrari at Le Mans after the Italian manufacturer refused to be purchased by the American giant. Well, after Ford put this bold plan in motion, it entered the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans but failed to take victory.
Not dissuaded by the disappointing result, Ford continued to pursue Ferrari and in March 1965, built this Ford GT Roadster, chassis GT/109. The racer was taken to Le Mans in 1965 with the Carroll Shelby-led Ford of France crew and was the only GT Roadster to ever compete in the most famous of endurance races. Unfortunately, it was forced to retire on the 11th lap due to a faulty gearbox.
Ford soon retired the GT Roadster and in 1968, the car was purchased by Hollywood stuntman and Californian car customizer Dean Jeffries. The vehicle remained within the Jeffries family until it was purchased by Dana Mecum in 2013 and underwent a concours-quality restoration. What we’re left with is one of the most desirable Ford GT’s on earth.
The auction house hasn’t published an estimated sales price for the racer but it will definitely fetch a sum deep into the seven-figure mark, if not more.