Anyone within driving distance of Braselton, Georgia should head down this weekend for the annual Atlanta Concours d’Elegance.
Why? Because a very special car will be on display for the first time since undergoing a full restoration. The car is the 1965 Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] GT40 bearing chassis number P/1054. It’s one of the first production GT40s, a Mk1 model, and is estimated to be valued at over $4 million.
Unfortunately, it isn’t for sale as a collector from Japan has already snapped it up. The collector is Minoru Aratani, only the third person in 50 years to own the stunning machine. He plans to ship the car to Japan shortly after its Atlanta Concours appearance, which means you won't likely see it again on local soil anytime soon.
1965 Ford GT40 bearing chassis number P/1054
Chassis #P/1054 is a right-hand-drive model powered by the familiar 4.7-liter V-8. The engine features Weber carbs and is paired with a ZF 5-speed transaxle. Importantly, it’s a numbers matching car.
The restoration was handled by Racing Icons of Ocala, Florida and took three painstaking years to complete. In addition to its original engine and transmission, the car also features its original fiberglass body panels, Borrani wire wheels, 50-year-old Goodyear Bluestreak tires, Autolite sparkplug wires and Irvin seatbelts. It’s currently finished in a color called Pine Green.
The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance runs October 8-9, at Château Èlan Winery & Resort in Braselton. Also attending will be DeltaWing-backer Don Panoz, who has been named the event’s guest of honor.