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Ford GT40 replica from ‘Ford v. Ferrari’ is coming up for auction

The only street-legal vehicle out of the 6 replicas built

This car looks as good as a real GT40, and it is a genuine movie star. PHOTO FROM MECUM AUCTIONS

Bagging a pristine, original Ford GT40 is very difficult right now. Even if you manage to find one, the price will probably be as high as that of a brand-new business jet. One of the better options is to get an electrified one. But if being eco-friendly isn’t an option, there is another way.

This vehicle has a VIN so the owner can register it for road use. PHOTOS FROM MECUM AUCTIONS

A petrol-powered GT40 will be going under the hammer this coming September. It may look like any other GT40 you’ve seen before, but this is actually a replica built for the movie Ford v. Ferrari starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. This unit is one of six produced by Race Car Replicas, an engineering firm in Michigan that specializes in, well, race-car replicas.

If you’ve watched the film, this vehicle is the No. 3 car driven by Dan Gurney in the race scene. While the American driver failed to finish the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans due to mechanical problems, GT40s went on to take all three podium spots—humiliating the Ferrari works team.

It also has a rather cozy cockpit just like the original GT40. PHOTO FROM MECUM AUCTIONS

Details are scarce about this replica GT40. The engine is a 5.7-liter V8, which might be a Chevrolet small-block unit or a Chrysler Hemi. More important, this is the only car in the fleet with a VIN and a title, making it road-legal. Auction house Mecum Auctions doesn’t have an estimated bid amount yet, but it will likely be a lot less expensive than an authentic GT40.

Miggi Solidum

Professionally speaking, Miggi is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He pens the column ‘G-Force’.