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The Sbarro GT40 is a replica of the Ford GT40 built in 1968.

Franco Sbarro and the Ford GT40 have a very long history. The first contacts took place when Sbarro was chief engineer of Scuderia Filipinetti who entered these formidable machines in competition.

The car held no secrets for Sbarro, he spent hours preparing it. The GT40 seemed to fascinate him even to the point that he restored some of them.

Issues

This has also attracted a lot of problems, as in the case of chassis #1048. The car had experienced many problems since its construction in 1966. Its then owner, Jean Pierre Van Den Doorn, gave it to Sbarro for a light restoration in December 1979. In 1980, the car was sold by Sbarro to Giuseppe Lucchini, but without its original chassis plate. This plaque was subsequently used by Sbarro for a replica GT40 he sold to Jean-Pierre Van Den Doorn. Suddenly, Lucchini and Van Den Doorn felt that they both possessed the "real" GT40 #1048. The case was brought to justice. A similar story happened with the GT40 chassis #1033, Sbarro sold to a collector. But another GT40 with the same chassis number was in the United States.

These stories of the real GT40s pose many problems of authenticity for cars that have suffered during their lives with many changes and restorations and many owners. To some experts, only the chassis number authenticates the identity of a car. For Sbarro, and it is the opinion held by the court in Case #1033, only a vehicle accompanying documents are authentic. They allow the owners to flick back through successive restorations, repairs and untangle a tumultuous history.

If the restorations made by Franco Sbarro are interesting, it's impossible to provide an exhaustive list of all the GT40s that went into the hands of Sbarro. Even experts and collectors of GT40s do not agree on the history of these fantastic Le Mans winner cars. Some have been adapted for road use.

The replica

Given the excitement generated by the GT40 and the rarity of the car, the idea was to create a replica. Franco Sbarro wanted it as close as possible to the original. At that time, Ford sold the De Tomaso Pantera, this was an ideal car as a basis for the Sbarro's replica because it's datasheet was fairly close to the GT40 including a 5.7 Ford Cleveland engine. Sbarro used the Pantera on which he placed a fibreglass body. The work was so carefully carried out that even the experts can be wrong. Sbarro indeed had enough original material to build models entirely in accordance with the GT40. In this case, a certificate of authentication was supplied with the car.