1965 must've been a very busy year for Carroll Shelby and Ford! In this picture we see Henry Ford II and Shelby getting ready for a cruise around the lot in the brand spanking new GT40 Roadster. Don't mind all the pony cars in the background.
The GT 108 was the first car built by the Ford Advanced Vehicles division. Before that Eric Broadley of Lola Cars was building the early prototypes. GT 108 was built for Shelby American and is outfitted with a 289cid/4700cc V8 with Webber carburetors. The transmission was a Colotti T37 4-speed gearbox. The chassis was built by Abbey Panels in the UK.
While this particular car never saw any competitive track time it was driven by some of the best drivers in the world. Jim Clark, Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and Ken Miles all spent time behind the wheel. The amount of critical feedback from those men must have been invaluable to the progression of the GT40 Project.
It's an awesome story about a dream to take on Ferrari on their turf and then beat them four years in a row... OUCH. The Ford GT 108 was a very significant step toward those victories.
The interior is a stunning example of retro dials, switches and lights.
Behind the scenes of the filming at Willow Springs Raceway / Horse Thief Mile. We had a lot of fun talking with Camilo Pardo, Edsel Ford and Mose Nowland about their time with the Ford GT projects and hope you enjoy the video!