I’m still traveling and posting from an iPhone, which while obviously doable, is slow at best. By contrast, here are three GT40s that Ford had at their pavilion at Oshkosh along with a couple of Cobra replicas.
In my eyes, 2 of the best looking American race car color schemes were the Gulf Oil Ford GT 40 colors of light blue and orange and the Penske Sunoco color of dark metallic blue as best exemplified by the 1972 Indianapolis winning Penske McLaren as driven by Mark Donohue. 2 classy paint schemes…. Those Gulf colors just look RIGHT on the new GT.
The modern day Ford GT is one beautiful car and a worthy successor to the original LeMans winning GT40. I believe it was also the crowning achievement of John Colletti’s reign at Ford. The man who made the Mustang Cobra SVT relevant went out in a blaze of glory with the fantastic Ford GT. Even a passing thunderstorm could not diminish the impact of those 3 Ford GT’s!
Here is the original blue on white Ford GT paint scheme from 1964.
This is original and unique to the early Ford GT.
I think that this is my favorite.
Here is the blue with white stripes of the Carol Shelby prepared Ford GTs of 1965.
Nice, but it really “belongs” to the Cobra Daytona Coupes.
I do like the Gulf blue and orange livery of the GT40-derived Mirage of 1967.
For the new (2005) Ford GT, I like the black body with silver stripes that pays homage to 1966 Mark II winner at Le Mans.
Here is the 1966 Ford GT Mark II winner at Le Mans in the black and silver livery.
My second favorite. Original and attractive.
Win on Sunday; Sell on Monday.
Great marketing tie-in for Ford, Shelby and Gulf.
Wonderful pictures of a fantastic American race car! And that motto meant a lot to our car companies back in that era……..
I remember when this ad was new in the car magazines. I was about 10 years old and I could be damned what those turquoise and white things were parked in the upper right. I was more the Hot Rod reader, not Road & Track so I hadn’t seen the GT-40’s yet. I thought there were some sort of racing van. Ah the naivety of a 10-year-old.
“Even a passing thunderstorm could not diminish the impact of those 3 Ford GT’s!”
Ah, you also reminded me of the nomenclature change from GT40 to just GT… Will update the post accordingly.
*drools on keyboard*
A Ford greatest hit on both GT and GT40
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