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Photos by John Shaughnessy
Words by Mike Satterfield
If you saw the tail end of a GT40 sticking out of a suburban garage with junk piled all over it, you would assume it was some long forgotten kit car project, but that was not the case in one Thousand Oaks neighborhood, where one of the most desirable cars has been sitting in a cocoon since the late 70's. A meeting at The Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show, lead car collector Thomas Shaughnessy to this rare piece of automotive history. 

Chassis P/1067 is the last 1966 GT40 produced it was sold in 1967 with a Mk.II  rear clamshell, one of just three cars that were assembled this way and it's the only car to retain its original Mk II rear. The car was raced until 1977 when an engine failure put it out of commission. The owner started to repair the car when an injury postponed the repairs and the car sat there ever since. Now the only choice is to restore it to factory standards or to its late 60's racing specifications. 






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About Michael Satterfield

Michael Satterfield is a designer, photographer, traveler, and The Gentleman Racer.
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13 comments:

  1. I have a neighbor that has a garage that looks like that w/o the GT 40

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    1. I resent that comment Bart!!

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  2. Wow, what a cool find. Can you imagine how many stories of cars still yet to be found. I know of one that doesn't need to be found but the guy who owns the cars just doesn't care to get rid of either one. The first as a 67 Corvette coupe with a 427 & 4SP! And the other car is a 1969 Camero RS,SS 396 4SP. Both cars are mint with low miles, and both cars he bought new.

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  3. My neighbor in my old neighborhood has Lambo Mura hidden like this in his garage. It is located in what became a rough Chicago neighborhood and junk piles on the top of it protect it. I am about to pick it up from his hands once snow melts.... Fortunately I was not in bidding war with anyone and he just wanted to get rid of it, so he is selling it for the original 18K price he purchased it at in 70s!

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  4. In your dreams pal, in your dreams!!!!

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  5. I found a Holden GTS Monaro in a shed just like that one .That brings back memories

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  6. Sweet baby Jezus! -rdyu_ad

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  7. In case you needed to know who Salt Walther is/was ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-IsOuo5be8&feature=player_embedded

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  8. Salt Walther? Why does it say Salt Walther on the door? Like "Dude" above I recognize the name but only from the '70s Indy Car races. Ugh, '73... what a mess, and Salt Walther barely got out of that one.

    How did his name end up on a retired '60s GT car?

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  9. That is my car. Serious. I got drunk and parked it rather than be irresponsible and drive. When I woke up I couldn't remember where I parked it. Thanks for finding it. When can I come pick it up?

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  10. this was found around the corner from where I grew up... We knew about the existence of this car in the 1980's... as teenagers reading car magazines. We'd ride our bikes past the house and see the tail end of the GT-40 in the garage. So it's not really a "Garage Find" in the classic sense of the word. The owner knew what he had, it was just in storage in his garage.

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  11. I don't feel so bad about my garage now.

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  12. What a bittersweet moment that must have been. The owner probably couldn't afford to restore it, but letting go of such a relic, must have been hard. Of course, $2 Million would change my mind pretty quickly.

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