GT 109

Ford GT40 chassis number GT 109 :

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:

06/65 : Le Mans, 15, Trintignant/Ligier, DNF

GT 109 History:

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

Raced only once at the 1965 Le mans were it experienced transmission problems and did not finish. It was fitted with a ZF 5 speed trans for the race. After the Le mans race the car sat for years at the Shelby LA plant. Sold to a private owner in 1968 the car is reportedly undergoing a slow restoration.

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