1969 Ford GT40 (Estimate: £1,800,000 – £2,200,000). Photo copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Image by Matt Howell.
Gooding & Company Announces Trio of Hallmark Competition Cars Set to Headline Upcoming UK Geared Online Sale
The auction house will present a 1969 Ford GT40, a 1990 Porsche 962C, and a 1957 Lotus Eleven at its forthcoming Geared Online Auction on 11 June to 18 June 2021.
Gooding & Company will present a trio of high-performance competition cars at its next Geared Online sale with viewing in the UK. From Friday, 11 June to Friday, 18 June, interested bidders and collectors in the UK and worldwide will be able to participate in the sale of esteemed cars handpicked for their performance quality and historical significance.
The upcoming UK online auction will include a rare 1969 Ford GT40, documented as the last GT40 ever made, along with a remarkable 1990 Porsche 962C race car and a noteworthy 1957 Lotus Eleven.
“I am delighted to be carrying forward the momentum from our first UK Geared Online sale back in February,” states Gooding & Company European Sales Consultant, Joe Twyman. “We are excited to present to our UK clients a broad range of consignments for varying tastes and budgets.”
1969 Ford GT40 (Estimate: £1,800,000 – £2,200,000)
GT40 historian Ronnie Spain has verified this particular 1969 Ford GT40, chassis P/1085, as the last one ever made by Ford –– making this auction offering a particularly exciting one for Ford enthusiasts. It was sold new as a rolling chassis to Sir Malcolm Gutherie, based in the UK, on behalf of Gil Jackson in New York, and it remained in storage untouched until the late 2000’s when UK’s Racing Fabrications commissioned the car to its rightful JWA specifications for use in historic racing and events. This historic model’s chassis was still “as-new,” presented in unmodified and original condition. The commissioned rebuild ensured that it retained its originality, encapsulating within this particular chassis the very last essence of authentic GT40 production.
Chassis P/1085 is one of only 105 produced, is presented in 1968 JWA “Gulf Spec” and is fitted with a Gurney Weslake engine. It also boasts 10" and 14" wheels with vented disc brakes and four-pot calipers, much like the Le Mans-winning cars of 1968 and 1969. The GT40 is accompanied with original bodywork and a fascinating history file complete with period documentation. The car has been sparingly used over the past decade, receiving maintenance and servicing by Maxted-Page, and is eligible for countless prestigious events on the historic racing calendar. Its new owner will enjoy its historic value as the very last of an automotive legend.
1990 Porsche 962C (Estimate: £800,000 – £1,200,000)
This 1990 Porsche 962C, chassis 962-163, is one of seven customer cars produced by the factory based on the 1988 “Werks” racer, undoubtedly one of the most important racing cars of all time for the automotive powerhouse. Chassis 962-163 was one of three supplied to the Swiss-based Brun Motorsport. Although chassis 962-163 only competed in two World Sports-Prototype Championship races in the period, the resulting retention of originality in this example is unrivaled. It is a referential model of the Porsche race cars of the era, having remained untouched since its last racing event in 1990. This particular example presents a rare opportunity for a collector to obtain a pure example of one of Porsche’s most successful competition cars ever produced.
1957 Lotus Eleven (Estimate: £125,000 – £175,000)
Designed by legendary English engineers Colin Chapman and Mike Costin, this 1957 Lotus Eleven, chassis 386, is a prime example of a versatile sports racing car. Chassis 386 started its journey at the Geneva Motor Show before enjoying local and national competition events in the UK throughout the 1960s. For more than 45 years, this car was owned by Lotus historian and author David Morgan, who used the Lotus enthusiastically on roads and tracks throughout Europe.
Maintained in top condition by Neil Twyman Ltd. for the past 20 years, chassis 386 is presented in “road” trim and is ready to be entered in tours or rallies of its next owner’s choosing. This Lotus Eleven also comes with single-seat bodywork for racing purposes and is eligible for a host of the top motor racing events across the globe.
Additional highlights of the sale include a 1960 Maserati 3500 GT (Estimate: £120,000 – £160,000) and a 1967 Ferrari Dino 206 GT (Estimate: £450,000 – £550,000).
All of these vehicles will be offered in the upcoming UK Geared Online Auction, the next installment of Gooding & Company’s successful online only sale series. The auction house invites interested parties and bidders to contact Gooding & Company to speak with specialists about more information on these vehicles and for how to consign for future sales.
UK Geared Online | June 2021
Online Catalogue Available: Tuesday, 1 June
Auction Begins: Friday, 11 June
Lots Begin Closing: Friday, 18 June