Since its release in 2019, Ford v Ferrari has become a must-see film for car enthusiasts. The film is based around the rivalry between the two significant automakers on the track at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, retelling the story of how Ford company boss Henry Ford II, motorsport legend Carroll Shelby, race driver Ken Miles, and others join forces to build the 1966 Ford GT40, ultimately resulting in the epic 1-2-3 win at Le Mans that year. Six replicas of the original Ford GT40 were built in order to film the exhilarating test driving and racing scenes of Ford v Ferrari, and one of them will be available in Mecum’s auction next month.
While the six stunt cars were built by Race Car Replicas in Michigan for the film, this is the only example that has been given a VIN and title, meaning it is possible for the auction winner to register this car properly and legally drive it on the road. The replica was built to exact 1966 Ford GT40 specifications, with the correct 5.7-litre V8 engine and 6-speed manual transmission. In the film, the car was used as the No. 3 car driven by Dan Gurney in the Le Mans racing scene. It was then used for the 24 hours of Daytona scene as No. 88 driven by William Wonder, which explains the latest livery and number sticker found on the images of the car.
This is probably as authentic as a GT40 replica can get, and the fact that it can be made legal for the road only adds to the appeal.