1969 Ford GT40 Competition Coupe
s/n GT/40P 1083
Carnival Red with Period Livery and Black Interior
The Ford GT 40 is one of the greatest race cars from one of the greatest racing periods. The 1960’s were the time of the famous Ford-Ferrari wars at Le Mans and in the World Sports Car championship, and purportedly, the GT 40’s existence arose out of Ford’s desire and then failure to purchase Ferrari. What ensued is one of the greatest motorsports battles of all time, between Ferrari, who had won Le Mans six consecutive times (1960-1965), and Ford, who then won Le Mans four consecutive times (1966-1969), proving that they too could compete at an international level. Consequently, given the cars’ competition pedigree and beautiful styling, these cars have become highly sought after as collector’s pieces, as well as mounts for international historic competition.
The chassis offered here, s/n P/1083, was sold new to Brazilian Sidney Cardoso of C.A.I. (Colegio Arte e Instrucao) Racing team in Rio de Janeiro. The car was the last true Competition coupe sold by Ford, and the only chassis number to have been advertised by the Works prior to delivery. As a late production example, this car benefited from all the development and knowledge gained from Ford’s racing efforts to date, and it is therefore no surprise that it was equipped almost identically to the two-time Lemans winning team car, s/n P/1075, with a 289 C.I.D. competition engine, Gurney-Weslake Mk. I heads, a ZF 5-speed transaxle, and 10” front and 12” rear wheels. Having been tested at Thruxton in May of 1969 by David Hobbs, s/n P/1083 was painted carnival red and delivered to Brazil by boat in late 1969.
Raced under the banner of "Team C.A.I." until late 1970, and driven by Sidney Cardoso, this chassis proved successful right from the start winning in its first outing in Rio de Janeiro, and accumulating several podiums finishes during Cardoso’s ownership.
Nov/15 Rio de Janeiro, 1st, Sidney Cardoso
Dec/13 Rio de Janeiro (1000 Km da Guanabara), DNF, Sidney Cardoso/ Carlos Alberto Scorzelli
Jan/10 Interlagos, 2nd, Sidney Cardoso
Jan/10 Interlagos, DNF, Sidney Cardoso
Jan/25 Interlagos, 3rd, Sidney Cardoso
At the end of the 1970 season the car was sold to the Fittipaldi family, fitted with 14” rear wheels and raced by Emerson’s brother Wilson Fittipaldi, Paulo Gomes, and Arthur Bragantini under Bardahl sponsorship, and painted yellow with blue accents.
Dec/12 Interlagos, DNF, Wilson Fittipaldi Jr.
Dec/19 Interlagos, DNF, Wilson Fittipaldi Jr.
Apr/30 Interlagos (Nacional Race), 3th, Paulo Gomes
May/07 Tarumã (Brazilian Championship), 3th, Paulo Gomes
May/14 Interlagos (Race of Champions) 4th, Paulo Gomes
Sep/03 Interlagos (500 Km International Race), DNF, Paulo Gomes
Jun/24 Interlagos (Brazilian Championship, DNF, Arthur Bragantini
Sep/02 Interlagos (Brazilian Championship), 6th, Arthur Bragantini
Reportedly, concurrent with the Fittipaldi’s racing exploits, the car was used for occasional road use in Brazil, and was retained by the family until 1982 when it was purchased from Emerson Fittipaldi, with the assistance of a well known and respected UK broker, by GT40 expert George Stauffer and shipped to the USA.
Mr. Stauffer restored the largely original car for historic competition, fitting a larger engine, and installing a roll cage. Stauffer vintage raced s/n P/1083 for nearly a decade before selling it to Jim George of Mt. Clemens, MI who performed further restoration work with RacingIcons, painting the car guardsman blue, and engine work performed by Kinetics (Livorna, MI), with dyno results showing no less than 525hp. George campaigned the car in a number of North American outings including the 25 Anniversary of the GT40 at Watkins Glen. During his ownership the car was the subject of several articles, including a feature in the UK’s Supercar Classics (2/91).
After 20 years of successful historic competition, Mr. George found a new custodian for the car, Mr. Urciuoli of Casey Key, Florida. Mr. Urciuoli was no stranger to GT40s, having previously owned J-11. A return to the configuration when raced by Cardoso (1969-71) was performed by Sime and RacingIcons with Sime doing the bulk of the mechanicals and Icons handling the finish mechanicals, cosmetics and final detailing. An original 289 C.I.D., and many other original parts were sourced from storage at previous owner George Stauffer’s. As expected, the restored car is” correct right down to the smallest detail” per Ronnie Spain, and sports nose-mounted canard fins. Technical assistance during the restoration was provided by Cardoso and members of the Fittipaldi family, and that input (coupled with the skill of the restoration team) produced a car that is indistinguishable from when it was new, more than 30 years ago.
The car, still fresh out of restoration, participated in “Sommet Des Legendes”, an invitation-only vintage event held 7/2-3/03 at Mt. Tremblant (CAN). It visited the west coast for the 8/03 Monterey Historics (Laguna Seca, CA). In the summer of 2004, now with FIA papers, s/n P/1083 finally became a Lemans racer, entering the LeMans Classic (7/23-25/04). A photo of the car participating at the Lemans Classic, appears in the 10/04 Classic & Sports Car. This example was displayed at the International Motor Racing Research Center (Watkins Glen, NY) from 12/1/04 thru 3/31/05. Under the most recent ownership period, professional race support has been provided by Lee Chapman Racing in New Milford, CT. In addition to its on-track successes, this GT40 was displayed at the Rolex Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park as well as the Amelia Island Concours where it was awarded “Best Race Car” at both gatherings.
On file are current FIA papers, copies of the J.W. Automotive Engineering Ltd. build sheets, many period pictures in digital form, and documentation for all recent ownership changes including a bill of sale on Fittipaldi letterhead to George Stauffer in June of 1982. With its clear, straightforward ownership history and chassis provenance, FIA papers, and event-ready condition, this particular GT40 will appeal to the enthusiast seeking a story-free, strong running and beautifully presented example for historic competition anywhere around the globe.
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