Ford GT 66 Heritage Edition marks 1st Le Mans win

Ford took a hard fought victory in the GTE class at Le Mans just over a week ago, 50 years after it beat Ferrari to the first of four outright wins in the great race. So it’s apt that Ford has revealed a special edition version of the upcoming road-going GT to commemorate that first win.

The Ford GT 66 Heritage Edition features a colour scheme inspired by the winning Shelby-American-run car of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. The bodywork is finished in Shadow Black – matt or gloss – with dual silver stripes and #2 graphics. Exposed carbonfibre and satin gold wheels finish it off.

The theme carries through to the interior, where gold detailing and blue seatbelt webbing contrast with the black leather. There’s the expected numbered plaque too, though at this point it isn’t clear how many of these Ford intends to build.

We don’t how much it will cost either, but that’s true of the standard car. A figure of £400,000 has been bandied around – only a hand-picked few will ever get to find out.

Ford’s 2016 win was much much tighter than it had been in ’66, arch-rival Ferrari finishing just a few seconds behind and preventing a Ford podium lock-out. Though there was a neat bit of symmetry as that second-placed Ferrari 488 was run by privateer squad Risi Competizione; works-backed outfit AF Corse retired both its cars before dawn. Back in ’66, Ford did achieve a 1-2-3 finish and both works Ferrari 330 P3s were out long before the finish.

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By Only Motors

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