The item in the photo is an interesting piece of racing history. It's the original fuel filler assembly from one of the first Ford GT40s built in 1964.
Chassis #105 was the first GT40 to be fitted with a 289 engine and was primarily a test and development car but was raced at Reims in 1964 and Daytona and Sebring in 1966.
The car was also used for testing at several circuits in 1964 and participated in the 1965 LeMans trials where it was the first GT40 to be equiped with a 5 speed ZF transmission.
After competing at Sebring in 1966, Chassis #105 was shipped back to England for storage. The car changed hands a couple of times and eventually wound up not far from here in Villa Park, Illinois where it underwent a full restoration and conversion for street use.
That's when this original competition fuel filler was replaced for a street legal unit, then mounted on a wood plaque.
It's an interesting piece with a great history - but what's it worth?
The owner and I have decided to let you decide. The best offer we receive by closing time (3pm CDT) Saturday, March 31, 2012 will take this unique item with it's LeMans, Daytona, Sebring, Reims, Goodwood, Monza, Snetterton & MIRA history.
Bids will be accepted via telephone or email and posted on the front page of MotorsportCollector.com as they are received.
I'll start it off at $100.00
BID BY PHONE:
800.722.8630 or 630.515.1440
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BIDDING ENDS SATURDAY, MARCH 31 AT 3PM CDT OR AFTER 5 MINUTES PASS WITHOUT THE BID BEING ADVANCED AFTER THAT TIME.