The new Ford GT Heritage Edition honors the GT40 that raced to victory at the 1968 and 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The original Ford GT40 has plenty of racing pedigree, having secured several consecutive Le Mans victories in the 1960s. In its 1966 debut race, the Ford GT famously defeated Ferrari with a historic one-two-three finish. Understandably, Ford loves to milk the car's racing heritage with special edition versions of the new GT. Following the red 2017 Heritage Edition honoring the GT40's 1967 Le Mans Victory, Ford has revealed a new Heritage Edition for the 2019 model that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans-winning GT40.
It features the legendary American Gulf Oil-sponsored blue and orange paint scheme, arguably one of the most famous racing liveries of all time. If you're going to buy a Ford GT, this is the paint scheme you want. "Many view the Gulf Oil paint scheme as the most famous in motorsports," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, global operations. "The 1968 GT40 quickly became a global sensation after beating its European competitors on the track four times in a row, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of its win, we're paying fresh tribute to the original with a new heritage limited edition."
The 1968 GT, known among motorsport enthusiasts as chassis No. 1075, was one of just a few individual cars to achieve repeat victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. An optional package provides exposed carbon fiber accents for both the interior and exterior of the Ford GT Heritage Edition. For 2019, the package features the No. 9 graphics on the hood and doors, as well as a ghosted image on the interior door panels. 2020 editions will wear the number six, representing the same car that won Le Mans in 1969 with a different number.
Further distinguishing the new Ford GT Heritage Edition are exposed carbon fiber A-pillars and unique set of 20-inch forged aluminum wheels finished in high-gloss. Orange calipers and silver rearview mirror caps round off the exterior changes.
Inside, the seats, instrument panel, pillars, headliner and steering wheel are wrapped in Ebony Alcantara with contrasting blue and orange stitching on the seats and steering wheel. There's also a new seat embossment inspired by the original 1968 Le Mans-winning car and polished anodized paddle shifters. Each Ford GT Heritage Edition also features a unique serialized identification plate, but Ford hasn't said if there will be a production cap.