Ford paints history: new GT ’66 Heritage Edition revealed

Published: 28 June 2016

► New Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition
► Paintjob from original Le Mans winner
► Any colour you like, as long as it’s black

It was inevitable, really. Ford is launching a new GT supercar a nice round 50 years after its original GT40 won Le Mans in 1966, and now it’s just announced the ‘Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition,’ finished in the same black and silver stripe livery as the victorious Chris Amon/Bruce McLaren-driven car, complete with No. 2 roundels.

Anything else special about the Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition apart from the paint job?

It’s essentially a cosmetic job only, with exposed carbon fibre exterior trim details, and its own special set of gold one-piece aluminium 20in wheels. You can pick from either gloss or matt finish for the black body paintwork.

Inside, there’s black leather everywhere, with gold details and blue webbing for the seat belts, a nod to the ’66 race car.

How many ’66 Edition cars is Ford going to make?

It’ll be available in ‘limited quantities’ for the 2017 Model Year only – so not many.

As to whether you’d have to follow the time-honoured tradition of sticking a strip of tape across the race number graphics to drive the new GT ’66 Edition on the road in the UK remains to be seen.

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, occasional racer