[Photos] 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition Honors Le Mans History
Last Sunday, Ford reached back into history and took the checkered flag in the LM GTE Pro Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, besting Ferrari once more with the all-new Ford GT. Today, in another effort to acknowledge that historical 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans in 1966, it was announced that the 2017 Ford GT will be offered in a limited-edition “Heritage” theme that simulates the look of the No. 2 GT340 Mk. II that Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon piloted to victory 50 years ago.
Here’s the first question: does it look sweet?
Yes. Quite sweet.
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“Celebrating the anniversary of Ford’s historic victories at Le Mans has always been a part of the return of the Ford GT,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, product development, and chief technical officer. “The 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is a stunning tribute to the car that kicked off Ford’s string of Le Mans victories in 1966.”
The 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is offered in Shadow Black with either a gloss or matte finish. It also features silver racing stripes, an exposed carbon fiber package, 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels with gold satin clearcoat and black lug nuts, and No. 2 hood and door graphics in Frozen White.
On the inside, the Heritage Edition gets Ebony leather seats with pillowed inserts and plow-through stitching; head restraints and steering wheel debossed with the Ford GT logo; Ebony-leather-wrapped pillars, headliner, and instrument panel; gold appliques on the shift paddles, x-brace, and instrument panel; leather steering wheel; and blue-webbed seat belts.
“While the looks are distinctly based on the GT40 Mark II race car,” said Garen Nicoghosian, exterior design manager for the 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition, “we’ve accentuated new styling cues to provide a modern interpretation.”
The 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition will be available in limited quantities and only for the 2017 model year. Whether these vehicles will be subject to an application process of their own remains to be seen.
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