The last Ford GT40 made – a 1969 model sold new as a rolling chassis but not completed until decades later – will be offered during Gooding & Company’s next Geared Online collector car auction, based near London and held June 11 through 18.
The GT40 is being touted by Gooding as part of a “trio of high-performance competition cars” that also includes a rare original 1990 Porsche 962C race car and a 1957 Lotus Eleven outfitted for road use.
The Geared Online auction, Gooding’s proprietary internet bidding platform, is the second one that the California company will conduct in England. The sale will present “a broad range of consignments for varying tastes and budgets,” according to Gooding’s European sales consultant Joe Twyman.
The final GT40 chassis, P/1085, was sold new to Malcolm Gutherie, based in the UK, on behalf of Gil Jackson in New York, Gooding says in a news release.
“It remained in storage untouched until the late 2000s, when UK’s Racing Fabrications commissioned the car to its rightful JWA (racing team) specifications for use in historic racing and events,” the Gooding release says. “This historic model’s chassis was still ‘as-new,’ presented in unmodified and original condition. The commissioned rebuild ensured that it retained its originality, encapsulating within this particular chassis the very last essence of authentic GT40 production.”
One of only 105 GT40s produced, P/1085 is presented in 1968 JWA “Gulf Spec” and powered by a Gurney Weslake engine. Its estimated pre-auction value is £1.8 million to £2.2 million ($2.43 million to $3.09 million).
“The car has been sparingly used over the past decade, receiving maintenance and servicing by Maxted-Page, and is eligible for countless prestigious events on the historic racing calendar,” Gooding adds. “Its new owner will enjoy its historic value as the very last of an automotive legend.”
The Porsche 962C, chassis 962-163, “is one of seven customer cars produced by the factory based on the 1988 ‘Werks’ racer, undoubtedly one of the most important racing cars of all time for the automotive powerhouse,” Gooding says in its description.
The Porsche was one of three supplied to Swiss-based Brun Motorsport and competed in just two World Sports-Prototype Championship races in period, so “the resulting retention of originality in this example is unrivaled,” the release says.
The estimated value of the 962C is £800,000 to £1.2 million ($1.125 million to $1.69 million).
The 1957 Lotus Eleven, chassis 386, was designed by Colin Chapman and Mike Costin to serve as a versatile race car, Gooding notes. Its estimated value is £125,000 to £175,000 ($175,730 to $246,000).
“Chassis 386 started its journey at the Geneva Motor Show before enjoying local and national competition events in the UK throughout the 1960s,” the release says. “For more than 45 years, this car was owned by Lotus historian and author David Morgan, who used the Lotus enthusiastically on roads and tracks throughout Europe.
“Maintained in top condition by Neil Twyman Ltd. for the past 20 years, chassis 386 is presented in road trim and is ready to be entered in tours or rallies of its next owner’s choosing. This Lotus Eleven also comes with single-seat bodywork for racing purposes and is eligible for a host of the top motor racing events across the globe.”
Two other highlights of the Geared Online auction mentioned in the Gooding release are a 1960 Maserati 3500 GT, valued at £120,000 to £160,000 ($181,350 to $225,000), and a 1967 Ferrari Dino 206 GT, valued at £450,000 to £550,000 ($632,620 to $773,200).
For more information, visit the Gooding website.