Which is the real M3/1101...?

#1
I came across some photos from a special Shelby exhibit at the Saratoga Springs Auto Museum that includes a yellow MkIII. The sign accompanying the car identifies it as chassis M3/1101 (the LHD prototype) belonging to Nick Soprano of Motor Classic and Competition Corp., White Plains NY.

However, according to the Shelby World Registry, M3/1101 was converted to RHD MkI competition in 2005 or so. The car is/was apparently for sale through John S. Allen Motorsport.

Can anyone confirm which is the real M3/1101...? Where does the second car come from?

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M3/1101 at the Saratoga Auto Museum



M3/1101 on the John Allen Motorsport website (see Ford GT40M3/1101 for sale in the UK)


 
#2
Hi Brian

Just had a look on the John Allen site at M3/1101. Very interesting as it states amongst other things -

"Just in case a future owner might one day want to see 1101 back in its MkIII trim, all the MkIII parts removed during the rebuild were retained and are now being built into a new GT40 which is to be sold with this lovely car!"

What does this mean ? Is this the car you saw ?

No further comment, but it does get the little grey cells going !!!

Stephen
 
#3
Hello Gentlemen,

I think the top picture may be an old one, so that you have before & after pictures of the same car.

I beleive GT40M3/1101 & its spare parts are all this side of the pond.

Mr Spains forthcoming book will no doubt expand on the eventful story of this car !

Regards Steve
 
#4
Hello Gentlemen,

I think the top picture may be an old one, so that you have before & after pictures of the same car.

I beleive GT40M3/1101 & its spare parts are all this side of the pond.

Mr Spains forthcoming book will no doubt expand on the eventful story of this car !

Regards Steve
The yellow MkIII photo was taken June 10, 2013.
 

Mike Drew

Active Member
#5
I saw the real P/1101 (originally a Mk 3, but converted to RHD FIA Mk 1 spec) at Maxted-Page in the UK several years ago. They mentioned that all the original Mk 3 bits had been retained during the conversion process (which cost a fortune, by the way).

Based solely on what we're seeing here, it would appear that a new car was then built underneath them, and now that car is being purported as being the original?

I'm sure Mister Spain will have a word or two to say on this matter, if we're just patient. :huh:
 
#6
The pale blue car has been at JD Classics in Maldon Essex for I reckon 3 years
In fact the photographs shown were taken on the fabulous JD premises.

Will root out some pics I took when last there.
 
#8
The yellow MkIII photo was taken June 10, 2013.

Hi Brian,

Thanks for clearing that up.

The blue race car at JD Classics wears a 'J.W Automotive Ltd.' chassis plate that reads ' GT40P 1101'. I would guess this number is used on the historic racing paper work that goes with this car.

It is ofcourse a fabricated non original number, the original 1101 being GT40M3/1101.

There are 'substantial' spare parts also on site.


Kind regards Steve
 
#9
I went back to the source of those photos to verify the timeframe when they were taken. As it happens, the photos were taken in Nov 2004 but were posted online in Jun 2013. Oops.
 
#10
Hi Brian,

Well done for checking that out, thanks.

So it seems that we have just one '1101' for now.
(albeit with the fictitious chassis number of "GT40P/1101" rather than GT40M3/1101 )

What happens to the spare parts holding in the future though is a different matter, we may end up with two cars as suggested. Then it gets complicated.....

Kind regards Steve
 
#12
Yes that's the car.
The registration number (licence plate) has been changed, well spotted !
It is still listed as for sale on JD Classics web site.
It was entered at Goodwood by 'Wycke Hill Racing' (Wycke Hill is JD Cassics location)

Regards Steve
 

Jimmy P

Active Member
#13
I was recently wondering when Mr. Spain would be completing his book. Reading the recent posts after the Goodwood show.....I can see why he's been delayed. Its like putting together a puzzle where all the pieces are cut in the same shape. What a bloody mess!
 
#15
They've put it back to it's original prototype configuration with the Mk.I style pass lamps and indicators as opposed to the combined unit that was used on the "production" Mk.III's.

Regards,
 

Mike D

Lifetime Premier Supporter
#16
Isn't the center tunnel section offset one way or another for RHD vs LHD cars? How would they convert it back and forth while using the original tub?
 
#19
I love the intrigue!

Assuming a LHD to RHD conversion would require a new bulkhead and floorpan, plus RH inner sill for gearshift mechs. This would leve a large amount of old useless tub. I say "useless", but didn't the learned Brian Wingfield once say if you had 30% of the original tub, then you had the original car? If so, we might have be left with either two 1103s.. SHOCK!

Didn't the blue JDC car come 3rd place at this year's Pebble Beach?

Too many questions and not enough answers!

Regards.. Andrewi
 
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