To immediately establish the pure essence of the Ford GT 40; it is basically a sleek, 14-foot long man-guided missile that is the height of a tall dog and capable of running 100 miles per hour in reverse and twice that when pointed the right direction. It is reported that this particular car, GT 40 P/1047B, was built in the mid-eighties by recognized Ford GT expert and master restorer, Bryan Wingfield.
For 34 years, Mr. Wingfield was a chassis development engineer and plant manager for Ford Motor Company of England. It is further shared that this electrifying machine was constructed mainly from original GT 40 parts obtained over the years by Mr. Wingfield from numerous sources.
The monocoque chassis was built from “a large stock of original Abbey Panels pieces” and some new Tennant Panel pieces, using the original factory blueprints. The Mark IIB is powered by an original Ford 427 cubic inch engine that produces over 600 horsepower and is mated with an original Kar Kraft four-speed manual gearbox.
Perhaps those in the know sum it up best when commenting on this monumental example; “It is a real Ford GT 40, but not an original Ford GT 40.” The car is expected to bring between $650,000 to $750,000 when hit the auction block on March 28, 2015, at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale.