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Garage Find: Ultra-Rare Ford GT40 Found Under Piles of Junk

Stories of stumbling across priceless cars hidden for decades under dust and rubble seem to be more and more common. Most of the time we hear about these cars stowed away in barns far away from civilization, but every now and again there is one sitting smack dab in the middle of suburbia sitting under an endless accumulating pile of junk.

Such is true for this recently uncovered Ford GT40, arguably one of the most desirable American racing cars of all time, buried under piles of personal belongings in a Thousand Oaks neighborhood since the late 1970s.

Attending a car show called The Friends of Steve McQueen, car collector Thomas Shaughnessy caught wind of this rare piece of automotive history rotting away in a garage.

Given chassis P/1067, it turns out that this 1966 Ford GT40 was the last unit produced, and it was sold in 1967 sporting a MK II rear clamshell, just one of three cars known to have that particular rear. To make this car an even rarer gem, this Ford GT40 is the only car known in existence to still retain the MK II rear.

This particular Ford GT40 was raced until 1977 when engine failure sent it into early retirement. The owner began repairs, but an injury hindered the process, and ever since this sleeping beauty has been waiting to be rescued. Now that this special car has been uncovered and saved, it can now be restored to original factory specifications or brought back to life with its ‘60s racing livery.

Some cars are still out there waiting to be discovered. Check out photos of this spectacular garage find.

Original story here!

Images Courtesy of John Shaughnessy

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33 comments
Travis Spitzer
Travis Spitzer

How do you get so much crap into a garage that you lose a car?!

Kevin Tyree
Kevin Tyree

What a hoarder... Must be related to my ex-girlfriend...

Randy Anderson
Randy Anderson

Damn hoarders lettin all the good stuff go to pot!

Nick Sutic
Nick Sutic

I love seeing pictures like that..treasures waiting to be found and revived

Kathy Watson
Kathy Watson

Wow!!!!! Surprised the pickets didn't find it!!!! Frank and Mike!!!!!!!

Max Worthing
Max Worthing

Wow do I slap the owner now? Or later? Regardless if its a kit or not no car deserves this lol

Barry Naft
Barry Naft

Yes that is a cheap Kit Car Body

Zoli Timo
Zoli Timo

Where can I find like this garages? ;-)

Solo Thunder
Solo Thunder

I've worked on this car years ago and know who it belongs too. This is serial # 1067 Salt Walthers old car. The car is apart here, but all the parts are still with the car.

George Monde
George Monde

What kind of asswipe would treat a GT40 that way!?

Bernie Pfeifer
Bernie Pfeifer

Looks like my shop.... Mayb I should chk to see what's in it .....hmmmmm

Karl Loper
Karl Loper

Aren't there laws against this atrocity?

David Leighton
David Leighton

My dad work on 1966 Gt. 40 The winning car at 24

Greg Rose
Greg Rose

Better than sitting outside to rot.

Jeff DeMello
Jeff DeMello

I didn't know your dad had a garage in California lol

Steve Wade
Steve Wade

I wonder if the reason it has sat so long is the block sitting under the back bumper

Noah Stark
Noah Stark

Jeff DeMello, remind you of anyone's garage? Lol

Allen Heath
Allen Heath

Would love to find a garage like that!!!

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