Ford Goes Retro With 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition
Less than two weeks ago, Ford completed its fairytale return to the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans, notching a heroic class win in the all-new 2017 Ford GT and in the process marking 50 years since the original Ford GT40 Mark II won the race in 1966. Leading the charge back then was the jet-black #2 GT40 of famed drivers Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon, which led the team to an impressive 1-2-3 finish. Fast forward five decades and prospective 2017 Ford GT buyers can now apply that unmistakable design to their all-new supercars with the brand’s new Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition. At least, some buyers can. Ford announced on Monday that the limited edition package would be available for 2017 model year GTs only, though the brand hasn’t elaborated on overall availability. RELATED: See More of the 2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition
Like the design? Ford offers its new ’66 Heritage Edition GTs exclusively in Shadow Black paint (either gloss or matte finish), with silver stripes, exposed carbon fiber aerodynamic elements, as well as the historic #2 graphics on both hood and doors in Frozen White. Rounding off the exterior are a set of 20-inch one-piece aluminum wheels, styled in a unique gold satin clearcoat and equipped with contrasting black lug nuts.
Inside, the new Heritage Edition cars feature a black leather interior featuring gold appliqués, subtle blue accents, as well as bespoke door sill graphics and serialized number plates.
Garen Nicoghosian, exterior design manager for the car, explains, “while the looks are distinctly based on the GT40 Mark II race car, we’ve accentuated new styling cues to provide a modern interpretation.”
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This isn’t the first time Ford has celebrated one of its past racing heroes in a special edition Ford GT. Back in 2006, Ford celebrated the famed “Gulf Oil” GT40, which won Le Mans in 1968, with its 2006 Heritage Edition lookalike for the first-generation of the supercar.
Seeing as how low-mileage 2006 Heritage Editions fetch big bills at today’s auctions, the few all-new 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Editions ought to be quite the sought after cars.
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