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Inside the Ford GT40 108 Roadster Prototype

by Paul Strauss

Perhaps the most impressive series of cars ever to emerge from Ford, the GT40 program has a very special place in racing history, especially the GT40 Mk. II, which drove to a 1-2-3 victory in the 1966 Le Mans.  In this short film from Robert Angelo and Roads & Rides, we get to spend some time admiring the very first GT40 roadster prototype. GT 108 laid the ground work for what would eventually be the iconic race-winning GT40.

Beyond being a roadster, of particular note, the prototype had dramatically different air intakes on the hood than the final GT40. It was powered by a Cobra 289 4.7-liter V8, with a Colotti 4-speed gearbox. And while it definitely wasn’t as refined or powerful as the Le Mans winning Mk.II – with their 427 7.0-liter engines, it’s unmistakably a GT40.

And yes, that is the same Camilo Pardo we’ve been watching on Motor City Masters who was actually the chief designer on the modern day Ford GT tribute project back in 2004.

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