It wasn’t long ago that we showcased the impact the Ford GT had on the racing legacy of the Blue Oval Emblem. Even today, the iconic vehicle continues to draw our appreciate for being such a beautiful machine. In fact, other tuning outfits even offer services that pay homage to the racing pedigree of the automobile. We recently encountered the Geigercars Jeep Trackhawk Gulf, which sports the familiar powder blue and orange livery of the carmaker’s memorable days on the race track. Collectors are in for a special treat as a 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster prototype goes up for auction.

What’s so intriguing about this race car is the legacy it lives up to. This exceptional model was the American automaker’s answer to compete against Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This grueling endurance race is the ultimate test of performance, which is why Ford’s victories are such impactful events.

The 1965 GT40 that’s going up the stage soon is the first of five roadsters ever built. Moreover, it is the eighth of twelve prototypes in existence. RM Sotheby’s is hosting its transition into the hands of one lucky bidder that will get to take it home.

What makes this particular item so special is the list of legendary drivers that sat behind the wheel. You’re looking at a stellar lineup that includes Jim Clark, Ken Miles, and Caroll Shelby. This is a test and development model that eventually led to the creation of the formidable race car that dominated races in epic fashion. Therefore, this 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster is truly a rare find that collectors will quickly snap up during the auction.

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