Ford GT40 Chassis History

GT40 P/1027

Ford GT40 chassis number GT40 P/1027 :

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.

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/1027 Race results:


GT40 P/1027 History:

As delivered in 1966 : Belgian Racing Yellow – configuration was as a race car for the 02/66 : Brussels Motor Show – C. Sechan (USA), toensing (USA) –

Chassis GT40 P/1027 was used as a camera car by MGM for the movie Grand Prix filmed on location in Monico.

Some time in 1966 the car was sold to Charles Sechan in Prospect Pennsylvania.

In feburary 1968 it was sold to Jim Toensing in Minneapolis who moved to Newport Beach CA.

Briggs Cunningham Museum, California – 1987 : Ladwig – 1993 : Meadow

Book Concours d’Elegance 1st – 1999 : Monterey auction

GT40 P/1027 Photos:

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General Information source

Chassis GT40 P/1027 race results are from


7 Responses to GT40 P/1027

  • I have the original Ford Motor Company press release of the GT40.

  • If you would like more of the story on the car as far as what happened to the motor coming out in Minneapolis,MN in 68 we have the original Valve covers and running motor. If you would like to add this info to the website contact me for more info in detail. The motor still remains in Minnesota in 65 fastback mustang.

  • I grew up on Upton Ave, a few doors down from Jim Toensing’s home and this fabled car.

    As a 13 or 14 year old kid, Jim tollerated me coming by and asking him all kinds of stupid questions. He drove this thing with the custom engineered, injected 427, through our neighborhood. I believe I met Dean Jefferis, his collaborator back in the day. I may have photos of this in my archives somewhere!

    Jim was a Mechanical Engineer, worked for Remmele Engineering, an Aerospace company, that 30 years later that I, also then a Mechanical Engineer would work with on precision optical tooling.

    I spoke with Jim in 2003 at his retirement home in AZ. Our careers had followed a similar arc, but sadly, I never owned a GT40!

  • According to “The Complete Ford Book #3″(Petersen, 1973) 1027 was the coupe that had the Ford 4-cam Indy motor installed. Is this still true, or has it been returned to it’s original configuration? If so, when, & by whom?

  • The 255 cu in Ford 4-cam Indy motor swap into 1027 is documented in an article in “Petersen’s Complete Ford Book #3”, written by the car’s owner Jim Toensing, & appears on pages 136 through 141. the book has a Library of Congress Catalog Card #73-85953 & also ISBN 0-8227-0025-5. Has this vehicle been returned to the original motor? If it has not what, is it’s current disposition?

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