This year’s RM Auctions event in Monterrey, California (August 15-16) is full of amazing and ridiculous dream cars, sure to include a plethora vintage Ferraris, Jaguar E-Type Series 1’s and a myriad of other mythical rides not often brought together. A midst this seas of automotive awesome however, one model in particular, stands out above the pack…a unicorn of sorts, the 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype.
This GT40 is the 8th of 12 examples built by Shelby American as part of Henry Ford II’s mad quest to publicly humiliate Enzo Ferrari at Le Mans (as chronicled in the exceptional Go Like Hell), but it is exceedingly rare in that it is one of only four roadsters ever built for testing.
The 1965 GT40 Roadster Prototype that will hit the block in mid-August, chassis GT/108 was driven by Ken Miles, Jim Clark, Dickie Attwood, and Carroll Shelby. RM Auctions says that it spent more than two decades in single ownership, and all signs seem to indicate that it’s been kept in phenomenal shape. Despite a lack of pre-sale estimate, Hagerty anticipates that the rare roadster will fetch an eight-figure price and set a world record for Ford vehicles sold at auction. So perhaps that whole arm-and-a-leg-and-another-pound-of-flesh thing is more than apt for anyone looking to bring this bad boy home.
So the million dollar question is…just how much will this ultra-rare Ford bring in when it goes on the auction block in August?