Auto Futura recreates history with the CAV GT Gulf Oil Edition

The Gulf Oil paint scheme was immortalized in motorsports history when the the '68-'69 Ford GT40 capped off four straight victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Later cars such as the Porsche 917 have also featured the unique livery, but it's the Ford GT40 that first comes to mind when you think of the light blue and orange paint.

Auto Futura, the manufacturers of the CAV GT replicar, have secured the rights to paint their cars in the Gulf Oil colors complete with period sponsor stickers and BRM wheels. The cars will also feature a 500 horsepower V8 with Weber IDF carburetors, nubuck leather interior with Gulf Oil logos embroidered on the seats, five-point safety harnesses, and special chassis plates identifying them as being officially licensed Gulf Oil cars. Each chassis number will be added to a registry, and owners will receive a certificate from Gulf Oil confirming their vehicle's authenticity. Follow the jump for full features and details.

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The CAV GT is designed to accept a Ford V8 small block. Standard power for the Gulf Oil edition includes a 347ci V8 with 500 horsepower.


The monocoque chassis is true in spirit to the original but features superior strength and stiffness. The chassis is a tig-welded, stainless-steel structure consisting of 67 CNC punched and bent panels, welded together in a jig to ensure dimensional accuracy. It features an integral roll over bar and side impact protection bars. Every CAV GT chassis is manufactured to accept a bolt-in roll cage for racing purposes.

Front Suspension

The front suspension is comprised of tig welded A-frame wishbones and adjustable anti-roll bar linkages. Specially designed suspension geometry ensures superb handling on road and track conditions, with the benefit of bump steer adjustment. The lower wishbones are braced. The front uprights are CNC machined from aircraft-spec billet aluminum.

Rear Suspension

The rear suspension geometry consists of independent double trailing links with inverted A-frame wishbones, upper transverse links and an adustable anti-roll bar linkage coupled to cast aluminum uprights.

Springs and Dampers

The suspension is set up on competition coilovers with gas shocks with adjustable damping rates and variable spring height.


Forged aluminum 4-piston Wilwood calipers with 300mm rotors front and rear are standard, while billet aluminum 6-piston Wilwood calipers with 300mm rotors at the front and forged aluminum 4-piston calipers at the rear are optional.


The CAV GT is designed for maximum comfort. The interior, including seats, padded dashboard, steering wheel, center console, roof lining and door linings are all covered in leather.

The ergonomically sound leather-clad adjustable seats feature original style brass grommets. Sound damping is provided by insulating foam and top grade carpeting. Additional comforts include air conditioning, increased head and legroom to accomodate anyone up to 6"4" and fully adjustable racing style pedal box. Original Smiths gauges complete with chrome bezels and Lucas switch gear recreate the experience of the 1960's design.

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