The Ford GT40 is an iconic sports car that made its mark in the history of motorsports, particularly for its remarkable victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the mid-1960s. The story of the GT40 begins in the early 1960s when Henry Ford II, commonly known as "Hank the Deuce," became determined to defeat the dominant Ferrari team at Le Mans and establish Ford as a global force in endurance racing. In 1963, Ford initiated negotiations to acquire Ferrari, but the deal fell through due to disagreements over control of the racing division. Enraged by the failed acquisition, Henry Ford II decided to build a car that could beat Ferrari at their own game. He tasked Ford's Advanced Vehicles division, headed by engineer Roy Lunn, with the development of a car capable of winning Le Mans.The GT40's name derived from its height, measuring just 40 inches (about one meter) off the ground. The design and development of the car involved collaboration between American and British engineers and designers, including Carroll Shelby, who played a significant role in the project. The first prototype, known as the GT/101, was completed in 1964 and underwent extensive testing. The GT40 underwent multiple iterations and improvements throughout its development. Initially, it featured a mid-mounted 4.2-liter V8 engine, but it soon transitioned to more powerful engines, including a 4.7-liter and later a 7.0-liter V8. The car's sleek and aerodynamic bodywork was designed to optimize its performance on the race track, with various modifications made to improve stability, reduce drag, and enhance cooling.After a year of development, the GT40 made its racing debut at the Nrburgring 1000 km in May 1964, but mechanical issues forced the team to retire. Despite the setback, the GT40 quickly demonstrated its potential by securing victories in lesser-known races, building momentum for the ultimate goal: Le Mans.In 1966, the GT40 program reached its peak with a dominant performance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The race saw Ford's official team, Shelby American Inc., fielding a trio of GT40 Mk IIs. One of these cars, driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon, took the checkered flag, securing Ford's first-ever overall victory at Le Mans. This historic win marked the first time an American manufacturer had triumphed in the prestigious endurance race. The GT40's success continued in the following years. It secured three consecutive victories at Le Mans from 1966 to 1969, with notable drivers such as Dan Gurney, A.J. Foyt, and Jacky Ickx behind the wheel. Ford's dominance in endurance racing during this period cemented the GT40's legendary status and forever linked it to the history of motorsports. Beyond its racing achievements, the GT40 left a lasting impact on the automotive industry. Its innovative engineering and aerodynamic design elements influenced the development of future sports cars and road-going vehicles. The GT40 remains an icon of American automotive engineering, a symbol of determination, and a testament to Ford's ambition to conquer the world of motorsports. If you're looking to own a piece of automotive history, the opportunity arises with the Safir continuation GT40 by Superformance. This remarkable vehicle pays homage to the iconic GT40 while offering modern performance and craftsmanship. Finished in Grigio Silverstone with bold black racing stripes, it exudes a timeless and aggressive aesthetic. Under the hood, this GT40 is powered by a prestige 427 V8 engine, delivering an exhilarating 575 horsepower. This potent powerplant ensures an extraordinary driving experience, combining raw power with the classic sound and performance that defined the original GT40. What sets this particular GT40 apart is the fact that it is a brand new build, offering the chance to own a meticulously crafted and authentic continuation model. Every detail has been meticulously engineered and executed, staying true to the original design and specifications while incorporating modern advancements for enhanced reliability and performance. Jonathan Motorcars, renowned for their expertise in high-performance vehicles, offers this exceptional GT40 for sale. By acquiring this continuation GT40, you become the owner of a machine that not only captures the spirit of the historic GT40 but also boasts the benefits of modern engineering and craftsmanship. Owning this GT40 grants you the opportunity to experience the thrill of driving a legendary sports car that made an indelible mark on the history of motorsports. Whether you choose to display it as a collector's item or take it to the track, this GT40 promises an unmatched driving experience and a tangible connection to the heritage of automotive excellence. Get it today at JMC. Ready for immediate delivery right to your doorstep! Call today 609-871-2700.