1996 Ford GT 40

FORD GT40 EVOCATION // TORNADO GT40 // FULLY REBUILT // BLUEPRINTED FORD 302

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1996
  • Mileage 
    12 027 mi / 19 356 km
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    POWDER BLUE
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Performance 
    373 BHP / 379 PS / 279 kW
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

FOR SALE; FORD GT40 EVOCATION // TORNADO GT40 // FULLY REBUILT // BLUEPRINTED FORD 302

EQUIPMENT
Hand Painted Gulf Colours (Powder Blue, Marigold), Tubular Chassis, 5-Speed Manual, Ford 302 Block (Bored to 5400cc), Edelbrock Aluminium Performance Heads, Ford Motorsport Rocker Covers, Edelbrock Hydraulic Camshaft, TRW Forged Pistons, Eagle Connecting Rods, 4 x Twin Webber Carburettors, IDF Short Trumpets, Quaife Limited Slip Differential, MSD Ignition System, MSD Coils, MSD Distributor, Motamec Redtop Competition Fuel Pump, Twin Fuel Tanks, Braided Hoses, Stainless Steel “Bundle of Snakes” Headers, Rose Jointed Independent Suspension, Anti-Roll Bars, Wilwood Callipers, Drilled Discs, Fiberglass Body, Wide Mirage Arches, Removeable Door Tops, Gurney Bubble, Lexan Side Windows with Opening, Air Conditioning, GT40 Style Seats, Williams Harnesses, GT40 Style Dashboard, SW Classic Gauges, GT40 Style Steering Wheel, 17″ Knock Off Orange + Chrome Alloys, Built-in Extinguisher System

EXTERIOR
Freshly painted in the iconic Gulf combination of Powder Blue and Marigold the low slung, wedge shaped silhouetted of this stunning GT40 recreation evokes an entire generation of motorsport pedigree, befitting of the legendary Ford that dominated endurance racing throughout the 1960s.

Using moulds taken directly from a genuine GT40 this Tornado based body is about as close to an original car that is likely for use on the road; sitting at just 41″ with its vast intakes and deeply rakes nose it looks every bit a race car with an optional Gurney bubble which allowing an extra inch to accommodate for a taller driver. Taking inspiration from the iconic Gulf “Mirage” car piloted in period by Jacky Ickx, this example also features wider rear arches to house the enormous 335 section rear tyres and tonal orange knock-on split rims.

Having just completed an extensive 3 year rebuild, condition of the car is superb, with every detail meticulously hand painted before being altered to ensure panel fitment was above and beyond that of the original.

INTERIOR
Climbing into the cockpit of the GT40 requires a few attempts to perfect, with its unique guillotine style doors and vast sills, which house fuel tanks on both side of the car, making entry a tight squeeze into the drivers and passengers seats alike. Once situated in the cabin the focus and attention to detail in the space becomes clear, with a GT40 style dash housing the SW gauges and clearly labelled flip switches all angled at the driver to maximise efficiency on the move. Firm but supportive, the GT40 style seats offer excellent hold and further period detail, with brass riveted holes providing ventilation should anyone feel the need to re-enact a Le Mans style 24 hours stint behind the wheel.

Unlike the original car this evocation does have a brand new air conditioning system to make up for the lack of ventilation in the lightweight Lexan windows, and some further sound insulation to make the car more bearable on public roads. Removable door tops are another unusual but rather lovely feature of the interior, providing a Targa style driving experience to enjoy the sounds of immense V8 mounted just inches behind the cabin.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Powering this incredible evocation is an equally impressive V8, based on a Ford 302 block which has been bored to 5400cc and blueprinted with upgrades including forged pistons, Edelbrock aluminium performance heads, a full MSD ignition system and 4 Twin-Weber carburettors for a full fat race car experience. The end result is an output of around 373bhp, which is more than enough to make the lightweight space frame chassis and fibreglass body of the GT40 feel more like a rocket that a road car.

Power is transferred via a 5-Speed manual gearbox and Quaife limited slip differential, with no electronic aids to disrupt the link between driver and machine. Stemming from the engine the stainless steel ‘Bunch of Snakes’ header system is a work of art in itself, perfectly crafted to be lightweight whilst allowing the monstrous V8 to breathe freely, producing a deep and sonorous howl.

During the cars recent overhaul the engine was subject to a top end rebuild, with the gearbox and differential fully rebuilt in a stack of invoices totalling well in excess of £20k.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Complementing the classic colour scheme of the GT40, the period knock-on alloys are finished in a vibrant orange with contrasting chrome rims. Wheels are 17″ to allow for a modern set of tyres, with huge 335/35 section Michelin Pilot Sports at the rear and 235/45 Goodyear Eagles at the front.

Wheels are about all that actually remain from the car before the rebuild, with brand new independent suspension, Wilwood brakes and even a brand new tubular chassis fabricated during the cars extensive rebuild.

HISTORY FILE
First registered on 06/12/1996 this stunning Tornado recreation has been a labour of love for the current owner, who purchased the car in good faith before discovering the tubular chassis had excessive corrosion and was unfit for purpose. An incredible 3 year restoration was undertaken to bring the car up to the owners discerning standards, with performance car specialists SMDG undertaking a nut and bolt rebuild of the vehicle, with just the block, exhaust and wheels retained from the car initially purchased.

Tornado supplied a brand new tubular chassis for the car, built to much higher standards than the original, before the whole car was rebuilt using brand new performance parts including the suspension, fuelling system, cooling system, brakes, interior and even a custom air conditioning system. The gearbox was fully rebuilt and the engine also received a top end rebuild, after being blueprinted and bored to 5400cc when the car was first registered. Bodywork was meticulously hand painted in Gulf colours and adjusted to fit the new chassis perfectly, with further insulation and a fire extinguisher system added for further comfort and peace of mind. In total the build, including the purchase of the car, is said to owe the current owner in excess of £160,000.

Present with the car is a photographic book of the restoration, restoration and service invoices, Tornado Certificate of Conformity and Homologation and a V5.

Please visit our website for a full write up and additional photographs.

The car is supplied having had an extensive intake inspection. Warranty, Finance, Part Exchange and Worldwide shipping are all available on request.

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