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Snag this rare ’64 prototype, a founding father of Ford’s GT40 program

It's easy to recall only the peaks and troughs of motorsports, like 1957's horrendous crash at the Mille Miglia or Ford's long-awaited victory over Ferrari in 1966. However, these moments never occur in isolation; they're the product of gradual dips and rises, swings in momentum that pushed drivers, teams, and cars to triumph or disaster.


The black-and-white-liveried GT40 before you is one of those inflection points in history, offered for sale by Duncan Hamilton ROFGO. This factory-run prototype is one of five GT40 prototypes assembled in the UK for the 1964 racing season and the first to run a 289-cubic-inch V-8, rather than a 256-cu-in Indy block. Ford hadn't yet enlisted Carroll Shelby to further develop its racing program, so it was up to Ford Advanced Engineering to hew out the prototypes' body work, wring out the engines and gearboxes, and troubleshoot the seemingly infinite growing pains of a very young race car design.


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