Ford GT40 Chassis History

GT 108

Ford GT40 chassis number GT 108 :

General info:

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 cars 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.

Race results:

None – chassis GT 108 was used for testing and was never officially raced by Ford

GT 108 History:

Configuration: steel monocoque roadster chassis. Delivered to Shelby American Inc. Engine: 289 Cobra with Weber carbs. Trans: Colotti T-37 4 speed.

This chassis is in Roadster configuration. Though never raced it was used extensively in testing. After making an appearance at the US grand Prix at Watkins Glen the car went unused for a few years. Later it was sold to a succession of owners and makes the occasion appearance it vintage races and show around the country.

1965 Magazine article reprinted here: Sports Car Graphic GT40 Track Testing article by Jerry Titus

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General Information source

Chassis GT 108 race results are from classicscars.com

Photo credit: Sports Car Graphic magazine

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