Honor Thy Victories
1966 was a good year for the Ford GT. A very good year. The GT40 Mark II swept Le Mans in an unprecedented 1-2-3 sweep, with Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon at the wheel. To honor that stunning victory, Ford will produce a very limited run of 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Editions.
The special cars will have a Shadow Black exterior (gloss or matte), with silver racing stripes and #2 graphics on the hood and door in Frozen White. The wheels are pimped out too: 20-inch aluminum wheels forged from a single piece, then clear-coated with gold satin and finished with black lugnuts.
The interior is wrapped in ebony leather with pillowed inserts and plow-through stitching, plus debossed Ford GT logos on the head restraints and steering wheel. Gold appliques and more ebony leather grace the instrument panel and shift paddles, and the #2 graphic shows up again on the interior of the door. Each limited edition model will get a serialized ID plate too.
The exterior design manager for the car, Garen Nicoghosian, said of the design, “While the looks are distinctly based on the GT40 Mark II race car, we’ve accentuated new styling cues to provide a modern interpretation.” In this case, modern is good.