This Ford GT40 MKII with the chassis number P1046 is probably one of the most, if not the most, important car for Ford. This is the car that one the 1966 24 hours of Le Mans. This is the symbol of Fords efforts to beat Ferrari in its turf and was driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. Eight Ford GT40 Mk II were entered in the 1966 24 hours of Le mans, including 3 Mk II from Shelby American, another 3 Mk II from Holman Moody and 2 Mk II from Alan Mann Racing (Ford’s UK development partner).
3 mkII finished the race in formation; the winning Shelby American GT40 Mk II that was driven by McLaren and Amon, the 2nd placer Shelby American that was driven by Miles and Hulme, and the 3rd placer Holman-Moody GT40 Mk II driven by Bucknum and Hutcherson. This historic winning formation was planned by Ford’s public relations officer Leo Beebe to add more pain to Ferrari’s defeat.
One would think that this important car would be keep safe in the archives or museum but instead it was used as a transmission testing car that went several modifications years after.
Several decades later, RK Motors charlotte’s owner Rob Kaufman was a dealer of classic cars bought the P1046 last August 2014. Although it was still in a very good condition and had several races added to its history, it was no longer at its original configuration. The original configuration that one the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1966. Kaufman wanted to restore it in its greatest glory as it deserves.
Kaufman and his company went out to look for the best shop that could restore it to its former glory, the P1046 that beat Ferrari. They found Rare Drive, Inc. from East Kingston New Hampshire. Owner of the Rare Drive Mark Allin had some experience in restoring a Ford GT40 so Kaufman decided he was perfect for the job.
“Mark Allin has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Ford GT40 and has a true enthusiast’s passion for historical accuracy during the restoration process,” as explained by the President of RK Motors LLC, Joseph Carroll.
To celebrate the upcoming revival of the true P1046, RK Motors LCC is making several videos to discuss the P1046 history and actual restoration. This first video – “#P1046: The Legend of Le Mans” focuses on its history and the events during the 1966 24 hours of Le mans. It also explains the reasons why Ford to take part of international races, Carroll Shelby’s role in the cars creation, and the P1046 controversial finish during the 24 hours of Le mans in 1966. The video also features Mark Allin, the man who will be restoring the P1046.
RK Motors LCC will continue to make updates and videos in the actual restoration of this legendary Ford GT40 Mk II. Kaufman plans to finish the restoration before June and will be featured in this year’s 24 hours of Le Mans. This year will the 50th anniversary of the historic win and Ford celebrates this be entering the new Ford GT. It will probably be another historic event so watch out!