Ford repaints the 2017 GT as original 1966 Le Mans winner, will be sold as ’66 Heritage Edition

The Ford GT has a very grandiose history and a very storied heritage, which is why it’s so famous today as a¬†highly collectible vehicle in gearhead world. Ford knows this, while understanding that majority of buyers have openly expressed their love for the GT and its amazing history.

To commemorate this with the introduction of the newest 2017 Ford GT, Ford will be producing a limited edition ’66 Heritage Edition, giving the newest GT a unique interior and exterior theme package to pay tribute to the original, Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 Mark II from the 1966 competition.

The GT40’s top victory at Le Mans in 1966 started with one of the cars being piloted by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon, in the Ford GT’s historic 1-2-3 sweep that year, meaning Ford GTs took the podium in first, second and third places.

It also gave birth to one of the most iconic photographs in motorsports history, like this one.

1966 GT40s Le Mans. (09/08/2011)
1966 GT40s Le Mans. (09/08/2011)

The new 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition comes with the usual extensive treatments on the inside and out, beginning with a Shadow Black exterior, with the choice of a matte or glosse finish, complementing silver stripes, the Ford GT’s carbon fiber appearance package, 20-inch forged once-piece wheels, and more.

The inside also gains some Ebony leather with special padding and stitching, a bespoke steering wheel with a unique Ford GT logo, and other treatments to the interior that you can’t get on any other version of the GT…for the time being.

Nonetheless, if you are a hardcore Ford GT enthusiast, this seems like it would be right up your ally if you were on the path to purchasing a new 2017 model. Production is limited, but Ford didn’t say how much these ’66 Heritage Edition models would cost, or how many times they will be reproduced.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Ford

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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