Motorsports; chassis# GT40 P2183
II B or not II B, that is the question...
head-on frontal shot above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].
GT40 Mk II P2183 was designed as a one-off MkII build
using some of the color combination from the original GT40 XGT-2,
and components from the GT40 MKII B using many period items and livery
that would have been on an FAV drivin' machine like this
back in the mid/late '60s. This GT40 MkII B boasts quite a few more period-authentic
mods then the first MKII B that we built
GT40 MKII was originally a Alan Mann Racing Team car and
scheduled to be a one of his lightweight models, but Ford instead
elected to have it shipped to Shelby to be prepped for the '66
LeMans race [24 Heures du Mans].
at Holman Moody (in Charlotte) who also worked on our
GT40 MkII B re-creation was Jim
Rose, who also just happened to have also worked on the original
XGT-2 while working for Alan Mann Racing during the mid
to late '60s.
The hood (bonnet)
on P2183 is flat black as was the original GT40 XGT-2. During
practice for the 1966 24-hour endurance race at LeMans,
XGT-2 had contact with another car, and without time to properly
repaint the hood silver before the race, the team elected to
just paint it flat black which had the added benefit of reducing
the reflected glare.
It led the
'66 LeMans race [you know, the race where three GT40s
crossed the line in rapid 1-2-3- order] from the start with Graham
Hill behind the wheel until being involved in an incident and
had to retire.
THE MAGIC HAPPENS:
This IIB beauty
is titled as a 1966 Ford.
Below are the
specs (and additional narrative) for our second GT40 MKII B that we recently completed
and displayed at this year's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
'Cars and Coffee' extravaganza.
Roush 427IR V8 [delivers
of albino snakes shot above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].
Roush thruster is outfitted with:
- polished Borla
EFI [electronic fuel injection]
- custom swirl
tank for fuel injection
by Cal Hartline from Roush Racing
- tall velocity
stacks [hand-turned aluminum]
- custom '60s
F1-style air filters
- white 180
headers with custom tailpipes
custom valve covers
- Aviaid 9-quart/period-correct,
baffled oil pan
'tower style' engine oil cooler
- AN fittings
with SS (stainless steel) braided lines
- MSD ignition ensemble
- MSD 'FAST' engine management
sideview engine shot is hotlinked [same sideview, MUCH larger size].
Moody chassis plaque.
We started thisour second GT40 MkII B
buildtwo years ago (in 2015) with a low-mileage
(2k) Superformance MkII chassis using the Roush 427IR
560+ hp fuel-injected engine. We then had Olthoff Racing
go through the car from stem to stern, making carefully-targeted
changes and modifications. Once they were done we then sent the
car to the Holman Moody shop for additional work, to include
having Jim Rose (original John Wyer Racing Team member)
upgrade the suspension.
There were originally only
three full GT40 MkII B's built at the end of 1966 (chassis
numbers 1016, 1031 and 1047) that were raced during 1967 at LeMans,
and what would turn out to be the final win for the original
GT40 (MkI & MkII) at the 12 hours Reims in France.
The 1967 LeMans win
with Gurney and Foyt was with the new MkIV.
The subsequent MkIV would share
the same dash as the MKII
B. The changes to the original
GT40 MkII B included twin Holley carburetors,
radiator-cooled brakes (to prevent cracking at LeMans),
wider rear body work and the distinctive MkIV dash as seen in
this re-creation. These original modifications to the late build
1966 GT40 MkII B's were made by Ford's factory race
team Holman Moody.
Recognizing that the original
Accel engine management system used on the Roush 427IR
engine can tend to be problematic, we replaced this unit with
a brand new MSD FAST engine management system with the
full MSD ignition ensemble including the distributor.
The air cleaners were also specially-made one-off versions that
we had custom fabricated to add both a period look, as well as
better flow to the custom-made and gold-anodized extended velocity
3/4-frontal shot is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].
- polished ZF
5-speed gearbox [IRS transaxle]
- upgraded shift
(with Teflon cable]
original MkII-style transaxle cooler
Above cockpit shot is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].
MkII B instrument panel
- Olthoff custom
- original FAVdesigned
- 5-point FIA-approved
- custom leather
quick release steering wheel
brake & clutch pedal assemblies
- custom center
- air conditioning
- Lucas '608' period-correct inside
Above dashboard shot is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].
of dash-mounted Hobbs aircraft-style hours-driven meter
and quick-access fuse panel.
over-the-headers rear swaybar
- Bilstein shocks
race brake ducts, front & rear [and identical to the originals]
aluminum canards [front sides]
rear spoiler [aluminum]
driver-side engine compartment shot is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].
Above RHS broadside/deck open shot is hotlinked [same menacing view, MUCH larger size].
This GT40 build boasts a few
more notable and period-correct items incorporated into its constructionat that time our first MkII Bincluding a Holman Moody transmission
cooler [exclusive to the MkII] and the seats, which we made using
original design information provided to us by Lee Holman that
they received from FAV (i.e., Ford Advanced Vehicles)
back when they were racing the GT40 MkII's at LeMans in
the '60s for Ford/FAV.
- Halibrand-style wheels [steel
- Avon race/street (DOT-approved)
Ford number light on engine cover
- custom Boeing
707 period-style wiper arm (like the original)
- clear Plexiglas
rear engine scoop ason the original GT40 MkII
- LeMans period-style bug shield
- recently serviced
by Olthoff Racing
modified by Holman Moody at their shop
- Listed in
The GT40 registry and eligible for listing in The Shelby
- Safir GT40
monocoque chassis by Hi-Tech in South Africa
- Invited and
displayed at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours Cars and Coffee
- This is one
of only two Superformance GT40 MkII B models ever built by Pathfinder
This GT40 MkII B,
chassis# P2183 required two years to build, is titled as a 1966
Ford, and is in excellent condition with the many new, custom
and one-off parts including a personal engine dyno tune by Roush
Racing engine tuner Cal Hartline. This street-legal and air-conditioned
GT40 is a drivin' machine extraordinaire.
And it's very, very fast.
YA' LATER!' VIEW
rear shot is hotlinked [same rear view, MUCH
Look closely and you can see the vertical adjustment slots.
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Located in Melbourne
[just below Cape Canaveral], Florida
spectacular GT40 photography you see on this page was
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and its standard 1855mm short-zoom lens. Alan scrupulously/conscientiously
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