Ford GT40 chassis number GT 102 :
Race date and times are not know for the images above
General info for Ford GT-101 through GT-112:
The first car was named the GT (for Grand Touring) with the 40 representing its
overall height of 40 inches (1.02 m, measured at the windshield) as required by
the rules. Large displacement Ford V8 engines (4.7 liter and 7 liter) were used,
compared with the Ferrari V12 which displaced 3.0 liter or 4.0 liter.
Early car s were simply named “Ford GT”. The name “GT40” was the name of Ford’s
project to prepare the cars for the international endurance racing circuit, and
the quest to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The first 12 “prototype” vehicles carried serial numbers GT-101 through GT-112.
GT40 chassis # GT 102 Race results:
04/64 : Le Mans Trials, 10, Salvadori, DNF –
05/64 : Nuerburgring, 140, Hill/Mc Laren, DNF –
06/64 : Le Mans, 10, Hill/Mc Laren, DNF –
07/64 : Reims, 4, Hill/Mc Laren, DNFvv
GT40 chassis # GT 102 History:
Configuration: steel monocoque coupe chassis. Engine: 255 indy. Trans: Colotti T-37 4 speed. Delivered to Ford/FAV, Slough, England.
This car has the distinction of being the very first GT40 to compete in a race – 05/64 : Nuerburgring, 140, Hill/Mc Laren, where it retired with suspension problems after 15 laps.
The car was later destroyed in testing on october 28th when the throttle stuck wide open with driver John Whitmore at the wheel, luckily he was unhurt in the incident.
GT 102 was not rebuilt. During it’s racing and practice sessions it covered 6270 miles.