Chassis 1062 was one of approximately 30 road cars that Ford Advanced Vehicles (FAV) produced in 1966 so Ford could meet the FIA requirements for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was built in Slough, England, and shipped to Dearborn, Michigan, where it was initially used by Ford executives for promotional purposes.
After winning Le Mans for the first time in 1966, Ford used 1062 and a small number of other GT40 road cars to promote the brand at auto shows, races, and dealerships. Hot, loud and impractical, dealers found them hard to sell, even at the discounted price of $12,000. Nevertheless, the road cars made quite an impression in the posters and advertising campaign with the caption, “Would you let your daughter marry a Ford owner?”
The first owner was Cameron Argetsinger, who founded Watkins Glen and was inducted into the inaugural class of the SCCA Hall of Fame. Later owners included Dr. Len Cheney, David Brown, Harley Cluxton, Jeff Lewis, Hans-Joachim Weber, David McErlain, and Hans Hugenholtz.
Hugenholtz had an impressive list of Overall and Best in Class podium finishes including Le Mans Classic 2014 (1st), Spa Classic 2014 (1st in Class), Le Mans Classic 2012 (3rd), Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or 2010 (1st), MotorSport Vision Racing 2010 (1st in Class), Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or 2009 (1st), Dutch Power Pack 2008 (1st), HARC 2008 (1st), Bahrain GT Festival 2004 (1st), and Le Mans Classic 2004 (2nd).
The car was purchased from Hugenholtz in 2016 after two decades of racing, and a team was assembled to begin the long and difficult restoration to return 1062 to its original condition when it left the factory. Renowned Scottish GT40 historian Ronnie Spain personally inspected the disassembled car before it left the UK and wrote a guidebook on what was needed to restore it to road car condition. Andrew Booth of GT40 Gold Parts was tasked with tracking down the original pieces, and Jeff Snyder of Jeff’s Resurrections in Taylor, Texas, performed the meticulous five year restoration.
According to numerous records, 1062 was the only GT40 ever painted Metallichrome Toledo Blue. Snyder found a small spot of original paint on 1062’s door sill that had not been stripped to bare fiberglass during its 6 different paint jobs over the last 50 years, and the paint was matched using a modern spectrometer down to the size of the individual metal flakes.
Every effort was made to restore 1062 as accurately as possible so it can be used as a reference car by other restorers in the future. Thankfully, the FIA required that many of the car’s original components be retained. Nevertheless, with so little documentation available on the road cars and so few parts remaining, this was a very challenging restoration.
Cars are made to be driven, and 1062 is no exception. Every switch, light, and component on 1062 works, and works to perfection. This incredible piece of automotive history resides in a rural town in East Texas where it is part of a small sports car collection that is personally maintained by the owner. Chassis 1062 is rightfully regarded as the “Crown Jewel.” It can occasionally be seen on the street and at various car events helping to raise money for charitable organizations.
Watch a 3 minute video about the 1062 GT40: https://youtu.be/P8VoneQ1suk