The "Ford-Ferrari Wars" are the stuff of legend and countless books. This May at Villa d'Este on the shores of Lake Como in Italy, one of the most significant cars to participate in this motorsport rivalry will appear at an RM Auctions event.
The GT/111 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster is the fourth of only five prototype roadsters built and will likely be hotly contested by car collectors and investors.
The car was driven at the Le Mans trials by Sir John Whitmore in 1965, who also handled the vehicle with Bob Bondurant in the grueling Targa Florio the same year.
Believed lost for 40 years, it has now been fully restored in its original Linden Green livery and has been raced successfully at vintage events in recent years.
An estimate is not yet available for the vehicle but a figure in the millions is surely to be expected. In 2008, a 1966 Ford GT40 MK1 sold for $1.46m at RM while a 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype made $2.5m in 2005.
Other leading lots at the May 21 auction include a 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ and a 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta with coachwork by Pinin Farina.