Cars Then & Now

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience
Ford GT
Original Price: Unknown
The original Ford GT was a race car designed and engineered with a single purpose — to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in France. Backed by the full resources of Ford Motor Company, a virtually unlimited budget, proven racing partners and the world’s top drivers, it still took three years to achieve the goal. But in 1966 three Ford GTs swept the podium—finishing first, second and third at the 24 Hours of Le Mans — delivering the victory to Henry Ford II over Enzo Ferrari. At the 2002 Detroit Auto Show, Ford debuted the Ford GT40 concept with a design inspired by the original Ford GT race car, which evolved into the 2005 Ford GT production car. A mid-engine 2-seat sports car, Ford built the GT as part of the company’s 100th Anniversary celebration, powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine combined with a 6-speed manual transmission.

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