To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic GT40, Ford will show off a number of legendry vehicles from the series at the 2013 Concours d’Elegance at Amelia Island. The vehicle first participated at Le Mans in 1964 though it wasn’t till 1966 that the vehicle could claim the top spot at world’s most famous endurance race. The three car sweep also helped Henry Ford II, the famed Ford founder’s grandson, to defeat Ferrari at the world’s best known performance platform.
Developed through a cost-no-bar program, the potent GT40 went onto to win four times at Le Mans during the 1966-69 period. The vehicle is one of the most photographed, written about and cherished of all Ford racecar models and is widely regarded as the driving force behind the company’s motorsport success in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
With a great emotional history behind it, the legendary vehicle is also a great symbol for Anglo-American collaborations which should make it a great draw for Ford loyalists and racecar historians at the Amelia Concours. The Ford GT40 chassis no. 1075 that came in first at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1968 and 1969 as well the Ford GT40 chassis no. 1076 that came in third at the endurance race in 1969 will be presented at The Golf Club during the 2013 Concours d’Elegance in Amelia Island on March 10, 2012
Via: Sports Car Digest