Ford GT40 Mk III

  • Powered by Ford 289 Hi-Po V8 engine (although some cars had a 302 V8).

  • Induction system: 1 x Holley (or Autolite) 4V carburettor.

  • Steel monocoque chassis with foam insulation in some cavities.

  • Power output was 306 bhp.

  • Reverted back to Borrani wire wheels.

  • Rubber fuel cells replaced by aluminium tanks.

  • Weight: 2700 lbs.

  • Purely a road car and was not raced.

  • Top speed: 164 mph.


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Side view of the first mock-up of the MkIII. The extended tail and the raised front wings can be clearly seen. The doors were also modified at a later stage, flaring out slightly at the front edge.


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Frontal view of the mock-up. It still has the MkI style spare wheel cover . This was later changed, the two triangular vents being moved closer together to prevent cracking on the outside edges.


Engine bay of M3/1103. The exhaust system is non-standard and is a full cross-over system from a MkI.

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Four of the seven MkIII's. The two central cars are both left-hand drive.


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M3/1102 being road tested. Note the separate  pass lamp and indicator lamps. These were later changed to a combined sidelight/indicator unit.


Engine bay of M3/1107. Note the electric fuel pump which was added on this car after the failure of the mechanical pump. In the background are my own car and GT40P/1008.

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Studio shot of the MkIII cockpit, note the central gear-shift position which allowed both left-hand and right-hand drive versions to be produced.


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Familiar to British TV audiences, this is a behind-the-scenes shot from "Top Gear" when Jeremy Clarkson discovered that he doesn't quite fit into a MkIII. M3/1107 is the subject.


Last of the seven, M3/1107, the only MkIII still retained by the Ford Motor Company.