A very special tribute for the GT's final production year.
Ford wanted to make sure its latest generation GT supercar not only ends its production run in style but also properly commemorate its lineage which dates back over 50 years. Introducing the 2022 Ford GT '64 Prototype Heritage Edition, the latest limited-edition heritage series model that pays tribute to a historic GT40. This time it's the Ford GT prototype that premiered at the 1964 New York Auto Show.
Following a series of improvements courtesy of Carroll Shelby and his gang of mechanical misfits, the GT later became the only American supercar to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a total of five times from 1966 to 1969 and again in 2016 with the latest-gen model. A total of five original GT40 prototypes were built but only one survives wearing period-correct livery. Two examples were scrapped following testing while another pair can be viewed at the Shelby Museum in Boulder, Colorado.
Wearing Wimbledon White exterior paint with cool Antimatter Blue graphics along, with an over-the-roof triple racing stripe, the GT has exposed carbon fiber throughout its body, including the 20-inch wheels, front splitter, side sills, mirror stalks, those slick engine louvers, and a gloss-covered rear diffuser. Brembo brake calipers in lacquered silver with black graphics are found at all four corners.
The interior is also carbon fiber-tastic with the lightweight material used for the door sills, and lower A-pillars and console. Even the Lightspeed Blue Alcantara-wrapped seats with silver stitching are carbon fiber. The GT logo can be found in the seating surfaces and head restraints. A touch of luxury is found with the Ebony leather-wrapped instrument panel, door register bezels, and seat X-brace. The black steering wheel is covered in Alcantara as well with the polished and paddle shifters providing a nice contrast.
The 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 remains unchanged with a total of 700 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. The first GT Heritage Edition arrived in 2006 for the first-generation model, and the series returned beginning in 2017. A new Heritage Edition has come every year since, beginning with the '66 through, and later the '69 Gulf Livery that honored the original No. 65 race car. Earlier this year, the '66 Daytona Heritage Edition arrived and is now in production.
This latest Heritage Edition will premiere this weekend at Pebble Beach and approved GT customers can already place their orders, though Ford didn't provide a price or a production count.