Ford Performance unveiled as part of the Monterey Car Week which is currently being held in California, the last of the Ford GT Heritage Edition, a model inspired by the Ford GT prototypes which, from 1964, contributed to the development of the American Supercar.
The Ford GT 64 Prototype Heritage Edition model is the seventh and final model in a “Heritage Edition” line that previously paid homage to the 1966 Ford GT MkII # 98 (with the Ford GT 66 Daytona Heritage Edition), the Ford GT40 MkI victorious at Le Mans in 1969 and the winner of the 1968 edition, the Ford GT40 MkIV N ° 1 victorious at Le Mans in 1967, the Ford GT40 MkII n ° 2 driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon at Le Mans in 1966, and finally a model paying homage to the two consecutive victories won by the GT40 at Le Mans in 1968 and 1969 (the Ford GT Gulf Heritage Edition of 2006).
To design this Ford GT 64 Prototype Heritage Edition, the designers of Ford Performance were inspired by the Ford GT prototypes assembled by the manufacturer in 1964, and a copy of which (the GT / 101 chassis) was notably presented at the New York International Auto Show on April 3, 1964. Ford then made five prototypes of the GT40, and only one survived the years in its original form: the GT / 105 chassis.
The GT / 101 and GT / 102 chassis were indeed destroyed during crash tests organized after Le Mans and Monza, tests which were very important however very important in the development of future GT / 103, GT / 104 and GT / 105 chassis. . The GT / 103 chassis won the 1965 24 Hours of Daytona with Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby while the GT / 104 chassis finished 3rd in the event with Bob Bondurant and Ritchie Ginther. Both of these frames have since been repainted and are on display at the Shelby Museum in Boulder, Colorado.
The GT / 105 chassis is presented at Monterey this week alongside the Ford GT 64 Prototype Heritage Edition, its modern alter-ego, whose finishes include a « Wimbledon White » livery embellished with « Racing » stripes, bodywork elements made in exposed carbon fiber, 20-inch carbon fiber rims or seats dressed in “Lightspeed Blue” Alcantara.
Ford did not specify the number of copies that will be the subject of this limited edition. As an indication, the Ford GT 69 Gulf Heritage Edition (2020) and Ford GT 68 Gulf Heritage Edition (2019) were produced in 50 units each, while the Ford GT 67 Heritage Edition (2018) was assembled in 39 units.