The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Shelby GT40. We make the process of selling your Shelby GT40 quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Ford Motor Company dove into the high-performance racing field in 1963. Henry Ford II longed to see the Ford’s race in the Le Mans. The GT40 was originally produced to win long-distance sports car races against Ferrari. In 1963 Ford started building the Ford GT’s in Britain while using the American made engines. This gave Ford a GT40 that was a high-performance American-British endurance racing car.
Ford’s GT40 was first raced in May 1964 at the Nurburgring 1000km race. The GT40 was unable to complete the race due to suspension problems. The GT40’s continued to endure failures until Carroll Shelby was brought in to collaborate on the GT40. Once Shelby was brought into the mixture, the GT40’s started to win races. These wins include the Le Mans. The GT40’s won the Le Mans four consecutive times, from 1966 to 1969, as well as two other times for a total of 6 Le Mans wins.
They came stocked with a premium engine that was an American built 427ci V-8 with a 5 speed manual transmission. The GT40 is capable of completing the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds with a top high speed of 156 mph. By 1969 the GT40’s engine had become outdated. Yet the team was able to win the 24 hour Le Mans, beating out even the more modern Porsches and prototypes.