>A range of outstanding, historic competition cars will be presented during Gooding & Company’s 17th annual Pebble Beach Auctions to be held on August 13 and 14, 2021.

The astonishing selection of historic competition cars exemplifies the best of the best across the range of postwar motor racing, including Trans Am, Indy, and endurance racing.

Featuring some of the most iconic liveries in Motorsport, these vehicles have ties to many teams, top venues, and drivers of the era. Some of the drivers that raced in these vehicles include the likes of Jackie Stewart, Bobby Rahal, Peter Gregg, Mark Donohue, Sir John Whitmore, and Danny Ongais.

Here’s a look at 6 competition cars on offer at Gooding and Company’s Pebble Beach Auction:

1966 Ford GT40 Alan Mann Lightweight  

Estimate: $7,000,000-$9,000,000 

A new era of racing and automotive production dawned for the Ford Motor Company with the introduction of the GT40. Its innovative design and performance effectively revolutionized domestic competition cars.

In 1963, with the goal of defeating Ferrari at the most famous and challenging race in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford Motor Company commenced developing a purpose-built endurance racing car.  

In developing the GT40, Ford set up a new subsidiary headed by Le Mans-winning team manager John Wyer. In 1964, the first GT40s that the new team produced were unveiled and were campaigned in various international events. Ford acquired the skills of three successful private teams to develop the new models further in their quest for perfecting the GT40: Holman-Moody, Shelby American, and Alan Mann Racing. 

When Ford contracted Alan Mann Racing in 1964 as a Ford factory team, they attracted many successful and talented drivers. The team was instantly recognizable in their red and gold liveries, which set them apart on the track.

In late 1965, Alan Mann Racing was assigned the task by the Ford Motor Company to create an even more competitive GT40 version.  

By performing extensive tests on the early Mk I GT40, Alan Mann knew what was required to reduce the weight as well as adjust the suspension and chassis to achieve optimal improvements.

As a result, Alan Mann Racing commissioned Abbey Panels to create five special GT40 tubs for the new updated design. They additionally produced a lightweight aluminum bodywork, considerably reducing the weight of the vehicles compared to the standard fiberglass bodies. 

interior of 1966 Ford GT40 Alan Mann Lightweight

The car on offer, AM GT-1, is one of only two aluminum-bodied GT40s that were constructed, given the other three tubs that were ordered by Alan Mann were used in the Mk II program.

Completed in early 1966, the AM GT-1 is a particularly rare machine featuring the distinct Alan Mann Racing livery. It is fitted with a highly tuned 289 V8 engine, five-speed ZF transaxle, Halibrand knock-off wheels, and provided with more than 100 updates compared to the standard Mk I competition car.

rear of 1966 Ford GT40 Alan Mann Lightweight

In 1966 at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the vehicle showed great promise with Sir John Whitmore and Frank Gardner able to qualify in 7th position. It performed well until it ran into some clutch problems, forcing it into retirement. Its next venture was an appearance in April 1966 at the Le Mans Test where it was the fourth quickest vehicle, just after a Ford experimental J-Car, a MK II GT40, and its sister car, the AM GT-2.  

Ford subsequently chose to retire the small-block powered Alan Mann Lightweights, concentrating their efforts in using their seven-liter MK IIs at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. The AM GT-1 was acquired thereafter by Holman-Moody, and subsequently was under the ownership of several private owners.  

Pebble Beach Auction

In 1982, it was acquired by the consignor after being damaged in a road accident. The

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: 6 Outstanding Competition Cars on Offer at Pebble Beach Auctions
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Published Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 05:19:35 +0000