Ford GT 40

The Ford GT 40 named after the class Gran Turismo and its height of 40 inches ruled the 24 hours of Le Mans from 1966 to 1969. For 4 years in a row, he crossed the finish line in first place. A total of 134 pieces were built of the GT40 as a racing and street version in the years 1964 to 1968.

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After the American car manufacturers had retired from motor racing in 1957 which brought a negative image for the car brands, Henry Ford II decided to get back into international racing in 1962. By participating in the popular long-distance races of Le Mans and Indianapolis, he wanted to advertise the Ford brand, pointing out the engineering and reliability of the company. His plan worked: Chris Amon and Bruce McLaren celebrated the victory at Le Mans in 1966 in a Mk2, which was powered by a new 7-liter engine and thus reached a top speed of about 320 km/h. Three more series wins followed.

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