Arizona | Lot 214
1990 Ford GTD 40 Replica by GT Developments
$70,000 USD | Sold
| Phoenix, Arizona
17 January 2020
- A wonderful recreation of Ford’s most iconic race car
- Powered by a 225 hp, 302 cu. in. V-8 engine; five-speed manual transaxle
- Claimed top speed of 175 mph; 0–60 in 5.2 seconds
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. With low-production race cars and certain road cars in the unobtainium sphere due to rarity and value, numerous companies have popped up over the years re-creating iconic cars. One such company was GT Developments of Poole, England, who built Ford GT40 replicas.
This 1990 GTD40 is a wonderful re-creation of Ford’s iconic GT40. This car features beautiful bodywork closely replicating the original car. Finished in red with white Ford rocker stripes, it is equipped with dual side-view mirrors and additional lights at the rear to comply with road laws. The car rides on Goodyear tires mounted on Halibrand-style faux knock-off wheels. The GTD40 is powered by a 225 hp, 302 cu. in. V-8 engine; it features MSD electronic ignition and breathes through four Weber carburetors. The engine is backed by a five-speed manual transaxle. Period advertising claimed the GTD40 was capable of 0–60 in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 175 mph—both very impressive figures for the time period.
The interior is trimmed in beige leather with red welting. The dash carries on that color combination, housing Smiths instrumentation and an Alpine radio unit with CD. The bucket seats feature generous bolstering, and each is equipped with a four-point Simpson seat-belt harness. A red leather-wrapped Grant steering wheel ties in nicely with the interior.
This GTD40 is accompanied by period literature, a copy of its Certificate of Origin, and a binder that includes information on the car as well as an owner’s manual, service manual, and parts list. Ford made very few GT40 road cars in the 1960s; this GTD40 is an excellent alternative to the original thing.