Presented by Mecum Auctions – Ford followed up on the wildly successful introduction of its second-generation GT in 2005 by returning to the historical well for special Heritage Edition liveries recalling the 1966 Le Mans-winning MkII’s pairing of black paint with silver stripes and the orange-on-blue Gulf-sponsored GT40 that scored back-to-back wins at the Sarthe in 1968-69. In 2018, Ford issued the ’67 Heritage Edition, designed to commemorate the 1967 Le Mans win captured by Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt in the Shelby-American Ford GT40 MkIV, the first all-American team to take the overall win at Le Mans.
Chassis No. 174, this 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition showcases the third-generation GT’s incredible technology and engineering. Based on a carbon-fiber monocoque with integrated steel roll cage and aluminum substructure, its carbon fiber passenger cell is enclosed in a wind-sculpted outer shell incorporating active aerodynamics in the form of a deployable rear wing that also acts as an air brake. Its midmounted 3.5L DOHC 24-valve EcoBoost engine features twin turbochargers and intercoolers, as well as Akrapovic exhaust, blasting 647 HP through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and propelling the GT to 60 MPH in 2.8 seconds, topping out at an honest 218 MPH.
The ’67 Heritage Edition livery features a glossy Race Red exterior finish with painted white stripes and Frozen White No. 1 hood and door graphics inspired by the Gurney-Foyt original, and the exposed gloss carbon-fiber trim option. One-piece 20-inch forged aluminum wheels in Satin Silver/Carbon clear coat with black lug nuts, red calipers and silver rearview mirror caps complete the exterior treatment. The exclusive interior features Ebony Alcantara headliner and pillar coverings, red six-point seatbelts and ebony leather-wrapped carbon fiber seats with red accent stitched inserts inspired by the winning car of 1967. Satin Dark stainless appliques appear on the instrument panel, door register bezels and seat X-brace. The fully adjustable, multi-function F1-styled steering wheel is wrapped in ebony leather with red accent stitching, a leather-wrapped horn pad with embossed GT logo and silver shift paddles. A 10.1-inch digital instrument cluster, 6.5-inch touch screen with navigation, Bluetooth and Sync 3 infotainment system round out the interior appointments in this extraordinary, museum-quality 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition.
This vehicle will be auctioned at Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee 2021 event (January 7-16, 2021).