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Mike Phillips
12-11-2015, 01:04 PM
1967 Ford GT40 - Competition Ready TV on Velocity Channel (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/competition-ready-velocity-channel/97308-1967-ford-gt40-competition-ready-tv-velocity-channel.html)

Only 7 Ford GT40 Mark III cars were built in 1967 and out of the 7 cars only 4 were delivered with left hand drive like this 1967 Ford GT40. This is the very rare street-legal example, serial #MK3 1105

This car was originally owned by the well-known Austrian Music Conductor Herbert Von Karajan. Mr. Karajan drove the car very little and never drove it in the rain. The Mark II differed from earlier Mark I and Mark II versions in that it had round headlights in stead of oblong headlights and an extended rear deck with room for luggage.

It also has a less rigid suspension and more comfortable interior package. It was powered by a Ford 289 cubic inch engine with 306 horsepower mated to a ZF 5-sped manual transmission. The car could accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 5.3 seconds. Top speed is 165 miles per hour. The GT40 model designation came from the low slung design of the car and the height of the car which is approximately 40" inches from the ground to the top of the roof.

This is the only car out of the four cars we worked on that had a modern basecoat/clearcoat finish. The entire finish was completely swirled out as was the back window and the front headlight covers. To look at the complete car it was a swirled-out mess.

The paint was also rock hard. It was also the lowest car to the ground making it a real challenge to work on since you had your choice of bending over or sitting on the ground to do any of the step.

Competition Ready Team - Episode 2
This episode of Competition Ready was sponsored by Meguiar's and as such my Competition Ready was created drawing from trained experts that work for Meguiar's plus a few other professional detailers in the area. One of the things I make a personal practice is to give due credit where credit is due. In this case the majority of all the work performed on these cars was performed by the team you see below.

From left to right...
Rick McDonough, Andy Wong, Derek Bemis, Nick Winn, David Sylican, Mike Pennington, Mike Phillips, Paul Cartegena, Ed Terwilliger, Richard Lin and Mike Stoops.

Not pictured but a member of this team is Joe Fernandez aka Superior Shine in the forum world.


After shots
Here are some pictures after all the work was completed and the GT40 was on display for the grand opening of the Petersen Museum.










Bob McKee inspecting the finished results
I took this picture with my camera phone while the TV crew were filming for our TV show "Competition Ready".


Adrienne "AJ" Janic & Mike Phillips
This shot was taken right after the last of the filming took place. Right after this shot the Petersen Museum Security Guards showed up to stop any and all pictures from being taken. They did not want ANY pictures taken and released to the public before the grand opening on Saturday. We did the work on this car on Wednesday.


The information I have states that this 1967 Ford GT40 Mark III is valued at $7,000.000.00 or seven million dollars.


12-11-2015, 02:01 PM
Very cool Mike! Thanks for sharing!

12-11-2015, 04:01 PM
Oh my. That is sweeeeeet!

Craig Parker
12-11-2015, 04:47 PM
It's a beautiful car Mike, excellent work by everyone involved. Way cool!

Mike Phillips
12-11-2015, 05:38 PM
Found these on my phone camera.... still have not received the photos taken during the actual detailing process. As soon as I get them I'll add them to this thread so you can see the team at work.

I'm not sure who grabbed my phone and took these pictures but in the back working claying the louvers is Rick McDonough from Meguiar's. In the middle claying the roof with his back to us is Paul Cartagena also known as the other pc. Up front were AJ and me...


AJ and me claying the front of the GT40




Here's AJ using the Meguiar's MT300 DA Polisher with the Meguiar's DA Microfiber Correction System to remove the swirls out of this very hard clearcoat finish.




12-11-2015, 06:51 PM
Thats the perfect combo, , w o w ! ! ! !

12-11-2015, 07:28 PM
Very nice!!!

12-11-2015, 07:39 PM
I am not a Ford guy. This and the AC Cobra are perhaps my two favorite American made cars ever. Great job guys, you make all us geekers look good and you make us proud.


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House of Wax
12-11-2015, 08:46 PM
What an amazing car to work on. Way cool

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Aaryn NZ
12-12-2015, 04:24 PM
Fantastic Mike. :xyxthumbs:

Thank you so much for sharing theses pictures of cars that are truly special, rare & I, like many others would most likely NEVER see! Spoilt we are! :dblthumb2:

Could be lowered a touch though, sits a bit high. Hahaha. Back breaking work working on one of theses I would imagine. Looking top notch though, great job. :xyxthumbs:

Aaryn NZ.

12-12-2015, 04:29 PM
Awesome, beautiful car.

You get all the fun! Something Meg's would not let you do. I'm happy you get to do all of this. I bet you are grinning ear to ear.

AJ is awesome, watched her on Overhaulin' My favorite episode when she was the team leader and Chip was the host. Great car. Then Chip made the AJ license plate gizmo and she teared up, I think I did too.

With our water restrictions, rain and snow. I haven't been able to do squat this year!

Keep up the good work!

12-14-2015, 12:01 AM
Looking forward to all the episodes especially the one being filmed at Detail fest in March here at autogeek.

Busy mind
12-14-2015, 12:47 AM
I can't believe it's only valued at $129k. That's a steal for such a rare car.

Mike Phillips
12-14-2015, 08:48 AM
I can't believe it's only valued at $129k. That's a steal for such a rare car.

I think you're reading the info in the picture I posted incorrectly. Here's the picture,


Where it says,

Price when new $18,500

That's the price when the car was new expressed in the dollar value in that time or back in 1967.

Where it says,

($129,000 Today)

That means what $18,500 would be in today's dollars. Not what the car would sell for on the market today. The information I have states that the Steve McQueen 1956 Jaguar is valued at $30,000.000.00 or thirty million dollars.

Make sense?

You'll see the same thing expressed in the placard I took a picture of for the Steve McQueen car.

Steve McQueen's 1956 Jaguar XKSS - Competition Ready TV on Velocity Channel (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/competition-ready-velocity-channel/97316-steve-mcqueen-s-1956-jaguar-xkss-competition-ready-tv-velocity-channel.html)



12-14-2015, 11:20 AM
Very cool Mike! Is this the same car the Jay drove on a recent 'Jay Leno's Garage' episode?