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One of the finest GT race cars ever built is coming up for auction.

Built out of the ferocity of the Ford family when Enzo Ferrari reneged on a deal to a buy out. Henry Ford II decided to beat Ferrari at his own game. Guided by advisors such as Carroll Shelby who scared the bejeezus out of Enzo when Shelby stuffed a Ford 289 then 427 into a nimble AC Ace.

Eventually the brick like primitive aerodynamics of the Ace caused Shelby to come up with his own Ferrari slayer, the Shelby Daytona, only six were made, but the experience Shelby got helped the GT40 overcome initial design issues and refine it into the legendary Ferrari killer it became.

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The first prototype of just five Ford GT40 roadsters is up for auction with RM Sotheby’s at Monterey Car Week.

Among the rarest variants of one of the greatest racing cars ever, the GT40 is estimated to make up to $9 million (£7.4 million) when it crosses the block on August 15 2019.

The roadsters were manufactured as a part of the batch of 12 prototypes that came before the 87 production GT40s. This particular car is the eighth of those 12, and the first of five roadsters.

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