Chassis #GT40 P/1085
1968 Ford GT40 Mk 1
Ex-Malcolm Guthrie / Gilbert Jackson
On March 20th1969 Ford GT40 chassis number - P/1085 became the last GT40 to be numbered in production sequence by the works during official GT40 production and is detailed on the JWA Production Car Record Sheet and being supplied as “Chassis only”.
It was delivered to Sir Malcolm Guthrie of Worcestershire, England who was acting on behalf of its American purchaser, Gil Jackson of New York. Equipped as a rolling chassis, it was then shipped in 1970 to the USA, together with Guthrie’s lightweight GT40 racecar, (the ex-Alan Mann Mark II chassis number XGT-2). Jackson had acquired both cars plus sufficient parts to maintain XGT-2 and also to build up GT40 P/1085, when it was required.
Jackson however put GT40 P/1085 into storage in 1970 for what would become the next 35 years. The chassis was black-painted on a trolley frame and stored together with numerous crates containing many original parts, plus a correct Gulf Mk1 spec. Gurney-Weslake engine, original exhaust system, original sequential 5-speed ZF gearbox, a full set of unpainted body-panels, together with original drive shafts, suspension and even a new unused set of wheels.
In 2006, GT40 P/1085, plus all the parts stored were sold by Gil Jackson and purchased by UK collector Jonathan Turner. Everything was flown back to the UK and Turner then commissioned Ian Jones of Racing Fabrications, to fully restore and prepare P/1085 for historic racing use.
The brief given to Racing Fabrications had been to adhere as much as possible to originality. The chassis itself was still as new and in totally unmodified and original condition and using correct period ancillaries, pipe-work and wiring etc, within 12 months the build was completed. The Gurney-Weslake engine was totally re-built by Tim Adams to 430bhp. Being a 68 Gulf spec car, P/1085 is fitted with 10” and 14” wheels with vented disc brakes and 4-pot callipers.
In 2009, the car competed on the Tour Auto and raced in the Masters series at Donnington. The current owner then acquired it in 2011. Since then, the car has only been used sparingly and has remained in storage, maintained by us.
We are delighted to have the opportunity to offer this genuine numbered GT40 chassis, which remains in beautifully prepared condition.
P/1085 comes complete with UK registration and F.I.A. Historic Technical Passport (no: GB 7529) plus a fully documented history file including its “original” J.W. Automotive manufactures statement of origin, copies of original shipping and delivery paperwork and an authenticity report from marque expert - Ronnie Spain.
Eligible for the Peter Auto - Classic Endurance Racing Series - CER 1 and 2020 Le Mans Classic / Plateau 5.
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