The Ford GT Heritage Edition's livery takes us back to the '60s

One of the most famous color schemes in motorsport
by Sharleen Banzon | Aug 27, 2018

The Ford GT40 became one of the most famous race cars of the '60s when it achieved four consecutive wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Different versions of the model took those victories: The 1966 and 1967 championships were won by the Mk II and the Mk IV, respectively, while the 1968 and 1969 titles were captured by the Mk I, aka Chassis No. 1075.

On top of its racing prowess, the GT40 is likewise credited for popularizing the now-iconic Gulf Oil livery—and to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of Chassis No. 1075's Le Mans victories, Ford has released the Ford GT Heritage Edition decked in the famous blue-and-orange Gulf Oil paint scheme.

Ford has already released GT Heritage Edition models for the 1966 and 1967 Le Mans winners. The latest GT Heritage Edition will have a two-year run, with the 2019 model getting the No. 9 graphics of the 1968 Le Mans winner and the 2020 model wearing the No. 6 decals of the 1969 champion. Each unit will have a unique serialized identification plate.

The exterior features exposed matte carbon-fiber door sills and A-pillars, and 20in wheels in dark high-gloss aluminum with black lug nuts. Orange calipers peek out from behind the rims.

Inside, the cabin is done mostly in black, with black alcantara covering the seats, the dashboard, steering wheel, the headliner, and the pillars, and dark stainless appliqués serving as interior accents. The seat embossment is said to be inspired by the No. 9 GT40 of 1968. Blue and orange contrast stitching on the seats and the tiller tie in nicely with the exterior livery.

"Many view the Gulf Oil paint scheme as the most famous in motorsports," said Joe Hinrichs, president of global operations at Ford. "The GT40 quickly became a global sensation after beating its European competitors on the track four times in a row, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of [the 1968 car's] win, we're paying fresh tribute to the original with this new heritage limited edition."

Added Ravi Chawla, managing director of Gulf Oil Lubricants India: "Every Gulf outright victory at Le Mans has been Ford-powered, and of course, Gulf Ford GT40s took the latter two wins of Ford's four consecutive victories at Le Mans. What could be more fitting than both brands coming together to produce this fantastic motor car—the modern spiritual successor to the amazing Gulf-Ford GT40s that took Le Mans and World Championship honors?"

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