It's incredible to think that something so beautiful was born out of spite. You might know the story, but if not this lovely video we shot at Pebble Beach covers the broad strokes of the GT40's birth and baptism by competition. Spurned by Enzo Ferrari, Henry Ford II decided the best revenge was to humiliate the proud Italian on the biggest stage in motorsport. He did. And at Pebble Beach this year, to celebrate the 50th anniversary since that remarkable accomplishment, one of the most comprehensive collections of race-winning Ford GT40s was assembled in one place.

The lineup included the cars that won Le Mans in 1966, '67, '68, and '69, and an interesting sample of some of the different variations as the car evolved over the years. In this video, you'll get a look at both the cars in the present day on the lawn at Pebble Beach, and some archival footage of them in action back in the late 1960s.

Throughout, you'll hear one of the foremost authorities in the collector car scene, McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty Insurance, tell the tale of Ford's battle with Ferrari and the rebirth of the Ford GT up to and including its overall win in the GT class at Le Mans this year.

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