Ford GT40 chassis number GT40 P/1000 :
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.
After chassis GT-112 the “production” began and the subsequent cars, the MkI, MkIIs, MkIIIs, and MkIVs, numbered GT40P/1000 through GT40P/1145, were officially “GT40s”
GT40 P/1000 Race results:
03/66 : Sebring, 18, McLean, DNF, Crash.
GT40 P/1000 History:
GT40 P/1000 was the first GT40 tub produced by Abby Panels according to Ronnie Spain’s book on the GT40. It was used as a setup tool to help fit fiberglass body panels for the first few production cars. It was finally completed using parts from the wreck of GT40P1006 that had been crashed while testing at Monza.
GT40 P/1000 was on loan to Comstock Racing out of Canada and was competing in the 1966 Sebring 12 Hours of Endurance race as car number 18 painted white as shown in the photo at the top of this page.
The link below leads to the crash photo of the Ford/Comstock Racing GT40 P/1000 crash with fire that killed driver Bob McLean. Please do not view this photo if this kind of thing will have negative effects on you. Please view with reverence. GT40 P/1000 Crash
An eye witness to the crash gave the following account:
I was standing at the fence perhaps 100 yds before the hairpin on the opposite side of the track from the pole. The way it veered, it appeared to me that something immediate and catastrophic happened to the right rear – the impression was as if the bearing seized or the brake broke and jammed.
The absolutely abrupt veer (more of an instant angle change than a rapid turn suggesting right rear lockup) began at the location on the track about where it seemed a fast car would first apply brakes. Thanks for letting me reflect. [Nov 5, 2010] Source
There is speculation about the car and if it was rebuilt and still exist. It is rumored to be in the UK under restoration. If any one has news please send update using out contact form.
Chassis GT40 P/1000 race results are from classicscars.com