Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tagged for the Sports Car of My Dreams


Sparky tagged me last week to post about the dream car of my choice. Anything I want - not to worry about the cost. I am so not a car person. I have a 2002 Sable and it runs and it has a sunroof and there's a compass on the rear view mirror. What more could I ask for!
Sooo after giving it some thought I decided if I could have any sports car I want in the whole wide world I would choose a 1965 GT40 Mark I. This is a high powered sports car built by Ford Motor Company in the mid to late 60's. (Of course I would buy American - I'm from Detroit ya know!). The car was built specifically to be raced in Le Mans. It competed 6 times and won 4 races in a row 1966-1969.
The car was named the GT (for Grand Tourisme) with the 40 representing its overall height of 40 inches (1.02 m, measured at the windshield) as required by the rules. Large displacement Ford V8 engines (4.7 L and 7 L) were used, compared with the Ferrari V12 which displaced 3.0 L or 4.0 L.

Early cars were simply named "Ford GT". The name "GT40" was the name of Ford's project to prepare the cars for the international endurance racing circuit, and the quest to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The first 12 "prototype" vehicles carried serial numbers GT-101 through GT-112. The "production" began and the subsequent cars, the MkI, MkIIs, MkIIIs, and MkVs, numbered GT40-P-1000 through GT40-P-1145, were officially "GT40s". The name of Ford's project, and the serial numbers dispel the story that "GT40" was "only a nickname."

Are you still with me? Why do I want this specific sports car????? Because the Mister owned one back in 1969 when I met him. The plan was to fix it up and keep it forever, but when our daughter Jennifer came along he sacrificed his dream car for things like diapers and formula.

So if I have to have a sports car - oh, sorry, I mean if I could have one - this would be it. We are talking $600,000 t0 $1,000,000 for the few that are out there, so chances are slim to none that this will ever grace our garage again.

11 comments:

Martha said...

Nice ride, I totally would love a 65 Ford Mustang, convertible of course! That would be just one of many in the collection.

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

Oh, cindi, my dear!! You have a way cool side to you I've never known!! Excellent choice ... on the car AND the Mister! Any guy that would give that up for poopy diapers and formula is A-OK in my book.

BTW, this was the car that finally defeated Ferarri in World Endurance Racing. So it be FAST!!

I noticed how very few people chose new vehicles for their Dream Cars. Hmmm ... and we wonder why Detroit is in dire straits? Duh?!

Thanks for participating! Hope you're having a nice Sunday. ♥ ∞

Janeen said...

Happy Sunday! Niiiiiiiiiice choice of car!

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

Fun post! And a very neat reason to choose that particular one. I would have based my choice on something like that, too.

Jeanne said...

I think my dream car would be either a 56 Chevy Bel Air or one of the future fuel cell cars -- how's that for bi-polar?

soulbrush said...

ha ha cars are not my thing at all. my first car was a vw beetle and i wish i still had it!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Sweet story ~ I hope you do get your wish for this car to be in your garage again! My dream car would be a white jeep wrangler. Many Blessings for a wonderful week! (I saw your comment on Relyn's blog and came over to visit you from there!)

MuseSwings said...

Hi bloggyfriends! I was supposed to tag 3 people for this but I see several of you have already shared your dream cars so case closed! Thanks for your comments. My personal favorite was my 65 Mustang and I wish I would have/could have kept it forever!

lmerie said...

Ahooooooo! That is sweet! Fun post!

Shellmo said...

This would be a fun car to get into trouble with!! I can see the adventures already....

Marie Reed said...

Could I be your mechanic at the Le Mans race! Do I get part of the winning then?