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Gulf Oil Superformance GT40

Superformance GT40 in Gulf Oil colors

By Dean Larson

Few vintage race cars in the entire world are as iconic and instantly recognizable as the Gulf Oil Ford GT40. The combination of stunning good looks and historical significance is second to none, befitting for an automotive icon. And while all the Gulf Oil GTs are significant, one stands just a bit taller than the others, chassis P/1075.

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Ford’s foray into international motorsport in the 1960s was an amazing effort on many levels, but arguably its defining moments were the back-to-back Le Mans victories with the GT40 in 1966 and 1967. However, Ford chose to end its involvement in Le Mans after 1967 season, coincidentally, right after French officials enacted a 305-cubic inch limit for the 1968 event. With Ford out of the picture, Gulf Oil vice president Grady Davis and the John Wyer Automotive Engineering team took over management of the GT40 team. The cars were renamed “Mirages,” and were powered by Ford’s 289 ci V8 and painted a unique combination of Powder Blue and Marigold. Of the five total Gulf cars, chassis 1075 would go down in history for winning the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans not once, but twice, in 1968 and 1969. Winning Le Mans a singular time secures your place in the pages of history, but 1075 was able to do it twice, all the more impressive considering the car was believed to be obsolete at the time.

With P/1075’s amazing history in mind, it’s hard to imagine a more appropriate way to finish this Superformance GT40 listed on eBay. The car is a full roller, and comes assembled, plumbed and wired, needing only an engine and transaxle to be rendered complete. With the obvious notoriety of the John Wyer GTs, this Superformance has been finished in Powder Blue and Marigold, but the finishing details have been left up to the buyer.

To properly honor P/1075, I’d spec out a period correct 289 small block with sufficient bite, but detuned slightly for road use. Something in the neighborhood of 450 to 500 hp should do nicely. The wheels and tires are perfect as is — correct BRM knock-offs with Avon CR6ZZ tires. Paint is also right on, only needing a large number 6 in the roundels and a few sponsor decals. While the original P/1075 did not come fitted with a Gurney bubble, we’re sure you won’t catch too much flack for this one.

See the seller’s ad here on eBay.

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