First North American unit of the original Ford GT40 hitting the auction block

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Ford is having a great year – half a century after the original GT40 wiped the floor with the Le Mans competition – enjoying the class win for the new GT racer during the 2016 race of the famous event.

But harkening back to that original moment decades ago, the extremely desirable GT40 is again coming to the stage. This is because cassis no. P/1028 is going to fetch lots of dollars at the upcoming auction it’s being presented – because it’s one of the earliest examples. In fact, it’s the first of the breed to have been delivered in North America. According to the car’s documents, that was way back on February 8, 1966. And as an added bonus, the record sheet also notes the model has a “fitted refrigeration unit.” This actually means this is the only GT40 road car that had the air conditioning system from new. Other highlights include leather trim, luggage boxes, an undersealed chassis, and a bespoke paint job.

We can see some period photos of the car, and we also found out it’s in pristine condition following a recent four-year restoration procedure. The odometer is also another important giveaway, reading just 11,000 miles (17,700 km). What can we say about performance – the 289 cu. in. V8 delivered high-performance credentials for the period thanks to the single Holley 4-barrel carburetor – sending 335 horsepower via a ZF five-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels. The model is lined up to go under the hammer during the upcoming Mecum auction in Monterey.