We talk about replica cars and kit cars a lot these days, what with so many manufacturers producing its own renditions of “the classics.” What goes unspoken however, are those that came before them. We aren’t referencing the classics themselves here, but a company back in its heyday called Era Replica Automobiles (ERA) manufactured what is arguably considered “the most authentic Ford GT40 replica” ever produced.
It’s been nearly four decades since ERA Ford GT40 has been available, and naturally there are some standing replicas now on the market. However, you can undoubtedly expect these ERA iterations to command a high dollar figure when they come up for sale, and that leads us to the example we see before us today.
(Photo credit: Bring A Trailer)
This incredible 1992 ERA GT comes to us from Bring A Trailer, and it’s available for auction right now. With four days left to bid, this GT seems to hover just past the $50,000 mark, though we expect it to meet or exceed the six figure corner stone. If you’re wondering why, the details are in the original ad, which proclaims that this GT has a rich history with many Blue Oval ties.
For starters, this particular GT was one of the earliest examples produced by ERA. It was designed to build upon the original GT40’s “shortcomings,” by utilizing a much straighter body than the original, and with all-weather sealing. These cars even had optional air conditioning.
Dart cylinder heads (Cast iron, per original GT40)
Double valve springs
Seat and valve machining performed for improved flow
Canton 7 qt low profile oil pan
Stainless 2.02-inch intake and 1.60-inch exhaust valves
Snow White water pump
Dual external oil coolers with electric fans
Ceramic-coated 180-degree “bundle of snakes” headers
According to BAT, the car “was purchased in 2006 by its current owner, a former chassis engineer at KarKraft and founder of AVC engineering (Protofab), noted for their work with the Roush Trans-Am team.” At the time of the purchase, the car had just shy of 3,800 miles on it.
Currently, the car has more than 13,273 miles on its odometer – the current owner has taken this GT to many track events, and has driven the it on the street since he purchased it. “Considerable effort has been spent sorting the car to make it a reliable, problem-free machine,” the listing details.
“It is represented by a close friend of the current owner and sold with extensive records and technical manuals, as well as a clean North Carolina title.”
One engineering marvel which makes the ERA GT so unique and so highly desirable is the fact that its produced with urethane coated mild steel in lieu of a cold-rolled mild steel. It is paired with a completely rebuilt 5-speed ZF transaxle, mated to a fully-built 302ci V8 which has been stroked to 331ci.
The engine was balanced and blueprinted with an estimated power output of 400 horsepower, according to the ad. If you’re in the market for a fully broken-in, well taken care of replica Ford GT, this ’92 ERA GT might just be the ticket for you. Checkout the original ad here for more information.
The cockpit of this Ford GT replica is a special place to be, as it incorporates several original GT40 details. For example, peep the "Stewart Warner" gauges incorporated in the dashboard, along with the toggle switches and a three-spoke-and-slotted steering wheel.