The latest addition to the growing Ford GT Heritage Edition collection is almost here and this time Ford is celebrating the GT40 MkII which finished third in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The new special-edition model features the gold, white and red paint scheme and number five that adorned the car that completed Ford’s podium finish in the legendary 1966 endurance race. the car will be available this spring.
Ford has already celebrated the development and success of the GT40, which inspired the Ford GT, with a ’66 Heritage Edition in black and white, a ’67 Heritage Edition in red and white, a model that sports the blue and orange livery Gulf racing, another black and white car that paid homage to the GT40 prototype and honored the efforts of the Alan Mann Racing team.
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A legendary supercar and a legendary name from our racing past come together this spring.
— Ford Performance (@FordPerformance) March 9, 2022
The latest pays homage to legendary North Carolina Ford racing store, Holman Moody. Founded in 1957 by John Holman and Ralph Moody. The team spent its early years producing production cars for NASCAR teams that wanted to field Ford vehicles.
Naturally, when Ford decided to tackle the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it turned to Holman Moody as well as Shelby American to help prepare the GT40. In the 1966 race, Ford fielded two cars with Alan Mann Racing, three with Shelby American and the final three with Holman Moody, Hemmings reports.
Car number five would come to determine the winner of the race, in many ways, although it was largely overlooked by the Ford v Ferrari movie. The Shelby American GT40 driven by Ken Miles had a good lead over second place, it was Ford’s decision to allow the Holman Moody car (driven by Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson) to catch up in order to cross the finishing line. arrived flying in a 1-2-3 formation which ended up giving victory to the car driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon.
Ford isn’t ready to provide more details on the modern GT Heritage Edition, but keep an eye out for more information on this car in the coming weeks.