The rare specimen will cross the Auctions America block at Hilton Head on October 31, and it’s expected to fetch between $300,000 and $350,000 for its GT heritage.
To call this a “replica” wouldn’t quite do it justice. The Mk V GT40 (original series ended at Mk IV) was the result of an agreement between Edsel Ford II and a group of motorsport veterans interested in bringing the storied GT back to life.
Edsel gave a nod to the project and pointed the group toward John Willment of J.W. Automotive, who had retained the GT40’s rights and much of its original tooling, plans, and new-old stock spare parts. Under the banner of associate Peter Thorp’s company, Safir Engineering, a new line of GT40s came to life, all of which bore original Ford chassis numbers.
This particular car was actually built for Thorp himself, and derived styling elements from the famous Ford GT40 X-1 that won the ’66 12 Hours of Sebring. While many of the Safir-built cars sport steel bodies, this GT is one of two to don an all aluminum body, allowing it to tip the scales at a scant 1,889 pounds.
Power for the Mk V Spyder comes courtesy of a 5.3-liter Ford V8, which shuttles 425 horsepower to the ground through a ZF five-speed gearbox, while stopping power is managed by four wheel disc brakes within period BRM knock-off wheels. All told, this car may not have been given the Shelby touch, but it’s still a jaw-dropping creation and it retains a spot in the GT40 registry.
Photo Credit: Drew Shipley, Auctions America