Johan Dillen
Johan Dillen
11/23/20 12:18 p.m.

It’s car marketing’s oldest adage: Win on Sunday, sell on Monday. Yet when Ford tried to bring the GT40 to the road with its Mk III, it failed miserably: Just seven cars were made, and Ford couldn’t even sell all of those. 

In 1967, the GT40 Mk III was one of the fastest thi…

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sir_mike
sir_mike New Reader
11/23/20 3:42 p.m.

These are the best looking GT40's....The newer ones are just ugly to me.....Sorry 

aircooled
aircooled MegaDork
11/23/20 6:01 p.m.

I saw one driven on the streets, years ago.... one.  And I have seen a Nobel N600 on the streets....

Seems like pretty much all of these where rolled off the delivery truck and into a locked garage.

I should note I am of course talking about the second gen cars, which technically also failed on the street because they are / where almost never driven there.

Harryjack
Harryjack
11/24/20 1:37 a.m.

The Ford GT40 Succeeded on the Trackbut Failed on the Streets. ... it failed miserably: Just seven cars were made, and Ford couldn't even sell ...

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wspohn
wspohn Dork
11/24/20 11:15 a.m.

A friend of mine drove his original Mk 1 GT40 on the street - and had the rear bodywork come loose and fly off into the weeds beside the highway! They managed to go back and pick it up and it  didn't have much damage. Must have looked like a giant bat taking off to the cars driving behind him)

He showed up to a gathering/race for original GT40s and told me that his was the only car that still had the original 289 in it - they tend to get 'updated' notwithstanding their substantial value.

Panamericano
Panamericano New Reader
5/6/21 3:20 p.m.

I did see a Mk III once.  At a Neiman Marcus fortnight, in the men's department.  It was pea green.  That is yuck on any other car, but on the Mk III, I would have taken it.  I did get to drive a Mk  I years later.  What a blast.  I don't remember any trouble getting in.  It was the first RHD car I had driven, and that also was a non-issue.  Just a blast.

jimbbski
jimbbski SuperDork
3/26/22 3:21 p.m.
wspohn said:

A friend of mine drove his original Mk 1 GT40 on the street - and had the rear bodywork come loose and fly off into the weeds beside the highway! They managed to go back and pick it up and it  didn't have much damage. Must have looked like a giant bat taking off to the cars driving behind him)

He showed up to a gathering/race for original GT40s and told me that his was the only car that still had the original 289 in it - they tend to get 'updated' notwithstanding their substantial value.

When I was a member of the Northwoods Shelby Club I attended track days at Road America. One year a semi racecar transporter parked next to me and my Cobre Mustang. The crew unloaded a GT40. It was not one of the original cars. It was however made in the UK.  Well during one track session the rear bodywork came loose on the back straight.  The driver had just passed two Fox Mustangs which were unable to avoid hitting the rear bodywork when it landed in the middle of the track. There wasn't much left bigger then a sheet of paper left afterwards. 

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