Ford GT40 Chassis History

GT 102

Ford GT40 chassis number GT 102 :

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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.

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6 Responses to GT 102

  • Turns out that the scrap of GT112 was taken and the car was rebuilt years ago as a spec Mk1 road car. The owner who had the car rebuilt did not not what he was dealing with.
    It seems that at least the rear part of the original chassis survived the years.

  • I heard rumors a few years ago, but I wasn’t able to verify the info.
    Do you know the whereabouts of the car?

  • GT102 is alive.
    It appears that GT102 was not scrapped, same as GT111 which was also suspected to have been collected by the scrap merchant.
    The remains of GT102 were saved, the chassis repaired and the car rebuild and lived an inconspicuous life as a MK1.
    The owner did not know about the background of the car.

  • I have seen GT40/102 at estoril classic endurance racing last weekend, it was nice restored, it started with a prototype front, but in the race it had a front like a mk1. it was very beautiful.

  • In the german journal CURBS of this month there is an historic article about #GT102 and there are pictures of how the car looks today after restauration.

  • Here is the link to the article and there are pictures how #GT102 looks today.
    http://www.curbs.de/gallery/curbs-heft-04-gallery/

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