During Monterey Car Week, Ford will present the latest Heritage Edition of the GT for the final production year 2022. In the past five model years, there have already been corresponding special edition models per year. These were inspired by the four winning GT40 cars from Le Mans and the one from the 24 Hours of Daytona. For 2022, Ford is taking a look back at the very first GT40 from 1964, specifically looking at the prototype with chassis number GT/105, which will be on display with the new Heritage Edition at The Quail and on the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. For the new special edition model, Ford uses a “Wimbledon White” paint finish. On the top of the front end and the carbon wheels, “Antimatter Blue” is used as a contrasting color. This color is also used by the racing stripe on the roof and rear wing.
Lots of bare carbon
The carbon package for the exterior, which is otherwise available at extra cost, is standard equipment on the ’64 Heritage Edition. This means that the front spoiler, side skirts, mirror stalks, air intakes for the engine and rear diffuser are all in bare carbon. Silver brake calipers with black lettering are fitted to the large brake discs of the Brembo brake system. Inside, the carbon theme continues. Interior sills, A-pillars and center tunnel wear matte bare carbon in addition to the dashboard and door panels. Next to that some elements are covered in black leather while the seats and two areas of the dashboard are upholstered in blue Alcantara. The X-strut below the headrests, the decorative trim strips on the instrument panel and small elements on the doors bear the “Antimatter Blue” color.
Ford GT40 prototype GT/105
As is well known, the GT40 project started in 1963 after Ford tried in vain to take over the Italian sports car brand Ferrari. For this purpose, the American company set up a Performance department in the UK, which initially worked closely with Lola. The first prototype, GT/101, finally appeared at the New York International Auto Show in 1964. A total of five prototypes were built for testing purposes. For the first time in the brand’s history, intensive attention was paid to good aerodynamics and the best possible driving dynamics at high speeds. Today, only GT/105 still exists in its original design and color scheme. GT/101 and GT/102 were scrapped after accidents during test drives. GT/103, the winning car of Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby in Daytona 1965, and GT/104 (3rd place in the same race) are today in racing livery in the Shelby Museum in Bolder, Colorado.