Gulf Racing 1970 Le Mans Entry Coming to RM Sotheby’s Monterey

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Blenheim, Ontario, CANADA — The car that contested the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans in the hands of Mike Hailwood and David Hobbs will cross the block at RM Sotheby’s Aug. 13-14 Monterey auction.

Also featured in much of the original racing footage used in Steve McQueen’s Le Mans movie, the car retains its iconic blue and orange Gulf livery.

Photo: RM Sothebys

Chassis 026 was constructed as one of the three 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans race entries of the JW Automotive Engineering / Gulf Racing team, and was distinctive for having a different version of the Gulf livery, with its entire roof was sprayed orange down to the beltline, in contrast to the orange centerline stripe of its sister cars.

Carrying race number 22 in difficult, wet conditions, the car completed 49 laps, running as high as third overall at one point, but on the 50th lap Hailwood aquaplaned and crashed, retiring the car for the duration of the race.