Earlier this month the new Ford GT supercar was unveiled. It was also hinted that it would return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the 50th anniversary of the GT’s 1-2-3 finish in 1966. With all of this history being brought up (and possibly made) it seems only natural that someone would decide to purchase one of those famous Le Mans veterans. And that is what RK Motors Charlotte have done.
RK Motors Charlotte purchased the winning No. 2 car and is now in the works of a 20-month restoration on the historic GT. They are hoping to finish the restoration before the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California.
After the GT’s win in France, it was purchased by the Holman-Moody race team. They gave it a new interior and shorter tail section before the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1967. During that race, the gearbox failed which led to a race ending crash.
After that the car has been bounced around with several private owners. The historic GT did make some appearances at a handful of vintage events, but has mostly been forgotten.
During the restoration process, RK Motors will record everything in video and pictures. They are also planning to post the updates online at rkmotorscharlotte.com. This is great so we can keep up with the complete restoration process.
“We’re thrilled to add this historic GT40 to the RK Motors stable of collector cars,” said Jeff Spiegel – RK Motors Marketing Director. “Given the international notoriety of this race car, we feel it’s important to share online updates throughout the course of the 20-month restoration, allowing a worldwide audience access to this process.”