• Mar 13, 2013
Originally developed with the sole purpose of being a Ferrari rival to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Ford GT40 became a prominent racing machine in the 1960s in both Europe and the US. Not wanting to leave such an important car out of the fun, the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance also took time out from its other celebrations to recognize the 50-year anniversary of the GT40.

Over its short lifespan, the GT40 was offered in a handful of configurations, but the classic short-tailed (Mk I and Mk II) bodystyles were well represented... especially in Gulf livery. James Glickenhaus (of Ferrari P4/5 fame) had his bright yellow Mk IV in the field, and there were several others in this bodystyle, including one that has seen plenty of time on the track judging by its chipped-up nose.

As a fitting statement for the car's lengthy racing history, GT40 Chassis Number 1075 won this year's Concours de Sport award. This car took home the checkered flag at Le Mans in 1968 and 1969, and racked up a total of six wins in just 11 races.


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      Clock
      • 1 Year Ago
      May be the best example of a timeless design I've ever seen. There is no way anyone could guess when this car was made without being somewhat familiar it. It could pass for 70s, 80s, even early 90s.
      GeeDavy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pure perfection.
      MikeInNC
      • 1 Year Ago
      A motorsport legend and one of the most beautiful and functional race and street cars of all time.
      CarCrazy24
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still in my opinion one of the prettiest cars ever made, by a long ways. I'd put it above even the Lamborghini Miura or a Gullwing 300SL
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      You simply cannot beat a GT40 in Gulf colors. I don't know if it's patriotism, or childhood memories or what, but there is no other car that I like as much as this one. Even the new ones.
      Driver3
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have seen many of these raced back in the day. I saw the yellow Mk IV raced st Sebring by Bruce McLaren and Mario Andretti. The Chaparrals were there, too. The 2E and 2D, The 2E and the Mk IV raced essentially nose to tail foe the first 6 hours, The 2E had some kind of mechanical issues and fell back. The Mk IV won the race. I still think the GT 40 is the best looking sports car ever...
      Trent
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is no bad angle on this car!
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awsome... thats all...
      Wally SirFatty
      • 1 Year Ago
      The pictures would be great if not for all the diaper-wearing old ***** milling around.