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1968 Ford GT40 Mk 5 (Continuation car by SAFIR) For Sale
We are pleased to offer this stunning Ford GT40 Mark 5 for sale from our UK stock.

With just 2 owners from new, this car has covered just 7,800 miles from new and comes to us with a comprehensive and extensive history file from the previous owner! This, very special GT40 Mark 5 left the Safir workshop in 1989 but is correctly registered as 1968 historic vehicle.

In the aftermath of the Ford GT40's legendary success at Le Mans and worldwide, and Ford's self-indulgent glossy advertising campaign marketing the handful of 40" high road cars that they had built to satisfy the requirements of the rule-makers in international motorsport, it's no surprise that the GT40 quickly donned the mantle of one of the world's greatest ever classic sports cars. Then, as now, there was a desire amongst rising generations to own a GT40, leading to an increased demand for unmolested originals and the start of a replica-building industry that continues to this day.

One enthusiast on the lookout for the genuine article at that time was Peter Thorp of Safir Engineering, whose frustration at not being able to find one (original race cars had disappeared into private collections and owners of the road cars were loathed to part with them) led him to a meeting with John Willment. Willment retained a large stock of GT40 spares, tools, jigs and original plans, while Thorp's company, Safir, were experienced constructors of Formula Three single-seaters. The discussions of two much motivated petrolheads could have only one outcome, resources would be pooled and production re-started.

Negotiations with Ford in Dearborn led to an agreement that further examples could be built, with Safir continuing the run of chassis numbers from the point of completion, but allowing for a further three 'original' chassis to be completed and registered, since Willment had always intended to, one day, finalise the GT40 build programme by finally constructing the three chassis and boxes of parts he still held in storage. As the final chassis had been 'GTP/1086', he retained '1087', '1088' and '1089'. The first Safir chassis would, therefore, be '1090'.

'Mark V' was chosen to designate the mildly updated model, the monocoque chassis of which was redesigned to enable fabricated construction (the originals had used pressed panels). Modern technology in the form of zinc-chromate corrosion proofing ensured a longer life than the original design had enjoyed and a superior and less leak-prone fuel tank was adopted. Tennant Panels supplied the roof structure, the rest of the chassis being completed by Safir with the lightweight body panels fitted. Ex-JW Engineering employees were used wherever possible.

The first GT40 was completed in 1980, with a further 39 examples following over the course of the next 15 years, five of which were completed to 7-litre 'Mark II' specification. Cars could be supplied engine-less or with, usually, a 5.3-litre Ford V8 installed. Maximum power depended largely on the choice of induction - Holley or Weber - outputs ranging from 400 to 460bhp. Although Safir received no financial assistance from Ford, the latter sanctioned, and approved of, the Mark V project and assisted with obtaining certification for road use. Between them, JW Engineering, Safir and Ford agreed that these 'continuation' cars would be called 'GT40 Mark V Powered by Ford', thus minimising Ford Motor Company's potential liability. Safir later obtained the 'GT40' trademark.
Price £299995 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Ford
Model GT40
  GT40 Mk 5
Year 1968
Country UK
Region Hampshire
Telephone +44 (0)1420 544300
Status Trade
Date 12-Jun-2018
Ref C916332

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