What Makes the 1968 Ford Gulf GT40 the Most Expensive Movie Car Sold

Some cars can be considered an extension of an owner’s lifestyle and social status. But others are bigger because they made it to the movies and became an iconic symbol to a particular entertainment brand. Herbie, in Disney’s The Love Bug and Herbie Fully Loaded, for example is a VW Beetle that had a mind of its own. But people know less about the actual make and model of the car, and more of the vehicle that appeared in the movie.

When the “stars on the road” where auctioned off, they made an even bigger impact on the price stakes. The 1968 Ford Gulf GT40, however, is a category all on its own.


It appeared in the 1971 movie Le Mans that starred Steve McQueen. Considering who the lead actor is and the film’s plot and storyline, it’s easy to see why this car was sold at US$11,000,000 in August 2012. Apart from its association to Steve McQueen, however, the car has raced and won at the highest level, and is among the first ever cars that used carbon fiber.


What makes it worth that many zeros?

It is one of the most celebrated race cars, winning twice in what is the most prestigious yet grueling competition the 24 Hours Le Mans. Lasting for a day, drivers are pushed to their limits on a difficult course with no hope of any stops in between. It is an extraordinary feat if both man and machine finished the race, but winning it is like the icing on a cake. The Ford GT40, however, won twice. This only shows how amazing the vehicle is on the road and in the movies. The GT40 has a Ford V-8 engine, 5-speed manual transmission, and horsepower of 425 at 6000 rpm.

You see? The 1968 Ford Gulf GT40 definitely deserves the top spot in the list of the most expensive cars in movies.


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