Ford GT Heritage Editions: Paying Homage to Ford’s Le Mans-Winning Past

2017 Ford GT Heritage Edition
The 2017 Ford GT Heritage Edition was available in gloss or matte black.

If you’re a new Ford GT fan you already know the company has been making a “heritage” edition of the Ford GT every year since it was introduced. The first year new Ford GT Heritage model paid homage to Bruce McLaren’s GT40 win at Le Man in 1966. I reported on the debut of this black-and-silver new Ford GT 2 years ago during Monterey Car Week.

2018 Ford GT Heritage Edition
The 2018 Ford GT Heritage Edition pays homage to the 1967 Mark IV GT40

The following year Ford cranked up the time machine again, debuting the 2018 Ford GT Heritage during Monterey Car Week. This time the company honored the 1967 Le Mans winners, Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt, with a bright red Ford GT wearing a number “1” rondel and white stripes reminiscent of the GT40 Mark IV that took the checkered flag. I like this heritage edition even more than the McLaren version, though some folks think the white lines on the side are a bit too busy…

Ford GT40 Pebble Beach Gulf 6
1968 and 1969 Le Mans winning GT40 in Gulf livery

Well, last week was Monterey Car Week again, and Ford debuted a new heritage edition Ford GT. I was at the event and will post some pictures and comments tomorrow. Given the pattern set by previous heritage edition GTs we already knew this one would sport the Gulf livery colors from the 1968 (and 1969) Le Mans-winning GT40. That means a pale blue offset by bright orange trim and, of course, a number “6” rondel.

Check back tomorrow to see how well that color treatment translates to the new Ford GT…

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