Famous comedian and auto freak Jay Leno might have wanted to wait a bit before ordering a Ford GT because the Blue Oval has just introduced a model that will surely appeal to vintage buffs like himself.
We certainly have a feel some order shuffling will be in order among the 1,000 lucky future owners of the exclusive supercar – just 250 units are being produced each year. And Ford Performance is offering for the 2018 model year a special edition with a livery inspired by the red-and-white 1967 GT40 that won LeMans back in 1967 with A. J. Foyt and Dan Gurney at the helm. “In creating a worthy successor to the 2017 Heritage edition, we logically looked at our next historic Le Mans victory with the all-American team of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt,” comments Dave Pericak, global director Ford Performance. “The 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage edition pays homage to that win, with a modern take on one of the most important vehicles in Ford’s storied history of racing.”
The changes also include an exposed carbon package and bespoke exterior striping in white, with bright Race Red finish, oval shields on both doors and the hood getting number one, representing Gurney and Foyt’s GT40. Owners will also receive 20-inch aluminum wheels with a silver satin finish – while on the inside again there’s lot of red trimming. There’s red accent stitching for the new leather trim on the carbon fiber seats as well as the steering wheel, red is also on the seat belt webbing, while paddle shifters are finished in gray. Exposed carbon fiber is present on the center console, door sills, and air register pods. Rounding up the vintage touches are the unique serialized identification plates reading ’67 Heritage Edition GT.