Sold for £47,250
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: AE57 NHZ
Chassis No: HAMPSKVAGT4013758
MOT: June 2023
A senior production engineer at Ford’s Swansea Transmission Plant where the Blue Oval housed its Heritage Collection for many years, Kenneth Vincent Atwell jumped at the chance to assist in the restoration of an original GT40 which had been damaged during a filming incident provided that his employers allowed him to take body moulds. Based around a bespoke tubular chassis equipped with Ford running gear, the first KVA GT40 Evocation took to the roads in late 1982. A feature article in Motor magazine the following year put the fledgling concern firmly on the map. Operating with Ford’s blessing, but effectively run as a hobby business by Mrs Atwell, KVA drew the attention of enthusiasts worldwide as well as inspiring a host of other companies to start producing their own homages to the Le Mans-winning legend. The KVA GT40 was progressively refined and developed over time, partially because customers wished to fit more and more powerful V8 engines, before the company was sold to Jules Hoffman of Integrity Motors in Florida during 1994.
Purchased by the vendor from Kenneth Atwell as a chassis / body kit in 1989, he undertook much of the sale car’s initial build himself only for family commitments to prevent completion. Deciding to enlist professional help during 2005, the garage concerned redid much of the assembly work with their efforts ensuring that the two-seater was able to pass a SVA test and be correctly registered as a KVA GT40 Replica in 2007. Powered by an overhauled Ford 302ci (5 litre) V8 engine allied to a five-speed Renault transaxle, ‘AE57 NHZ’ has been sparingly but regularly used. MOT tested every year, it has covered some 2,500 post-completion miles. Treated to a professional respray in Ford Radiant Red during 2015 (a similar hue to Atwell’s first car), the KAV GT40 had its brakes and transmission uprated four years later with the later benefiting from strengthened Quaife internals, a solid first motion shaft and LSD. Summed-up by the seller as a ‘labour of love’ and said to be ‘on the button’, this convincing evocation has much to recommend it. Riding on 15-inch Halibrand split-rim alloy wheels and boasting Spax adjustable coil-over suspension at each corner, it is offered for sale with V5C Registration Document and history file.
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Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 15th Mar, 2023
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