Chassis No. 109
Ford Mini GT 40 by SCAF, 1968
Sold For $26,400Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Sotheby's - MONTEREY 15 - 17 AUGUST 2019 - Offered on Friday
- Recently fully restored; presented in its original livery
- Eligible for the Little Big Mans at Le Mans Classic
- Ford versus Ferrari at its cutest
Though intended as a collector's item, appropriate caution and supervision is advised when operating this vehicle.
French automotive enthusiast Francis Mortarini was known for collecting and restoring children’s pedal cars and small-engined go-karts. His company, Société de Construction des Automobiles Francis (Automobiles S.C.A.F.), eventually evolved into producing detailed miniature replicas of famous racing cars. These included the Ferrari 330 P2 and the Ford-sanctioned Mini GT 40. Mortarini’s racers would even campaign in the Grand Prix de France International Mini Automobile, the “endurance” race for children held on a pint-sized circuit preceding the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1968.
An authentic Mini GT 40 built in France, this example was recently acquired by the current consignor, who embarked on a comprehensive restoration. Said to have originally been finished in yellow, the Mini GT 40 was thus restored in its current livery, much like the cars that raced in the 24 Minutes du Mans.
Acquired without the original JLO single-cylinder, 3 hp engine, this Mini GT 40 is equipped with a new Briggs & Stratton single-cylinder, 9 hp motor. It has also been upgraded with front and rear electric lights, as well as a hand-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel. With its removable roof, this striking children’s GT affords ample room in its spartan race-inspired cockpit.
This Mini GT 40 will make for a wonderful conversation piece in any collection of notable race cars. Or, for the truly adventurous—between the ages of 7 and 12—this future champion would be a thrilling ride at the Little Big Mans race held at Le Mans Classic, where it is sure to best the diminutive Ferraris.