Since its resurrection in 2018, the Ford GT has seen a few Heritage Edition models that have paid homage to GT40 racers of years past. But the livery most fans wanted to see was the iconic Gulf one that wrapped the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans-winning GT40. Well, the wait is over, as the 2019 Ford GT will feature just that to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its repeat victories.
If you ask a group of 100 racing enthusiasts what is the most iconic racing livery, at least half will point toward the 1968 and 1969 GT40 chassis No. 1075’s Gulf color schemes. The rest have no idea what they are talking about. These liveries are so legendary because they graced the chassis that won back-to-back Le Mans races in 1968 and 1969.
On top of this awesome orange-and-blue livery, this special model will boast exposed-carbon-fiber A-pillars, special 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels coated in a high-gloss dark stainless hue, black lug nuts, orange calipers, and silver mirror caps.
Inside, the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition will feature ebony-colored Alcantara seats, instrument panel, pillars, headliner and steering wheel; blue and orange stitching on the steering wheel and seats; seat embossment patterned after the race car; and clear and polished anodized paddle shifters. Rounding out the interior updates are high-gloss dark stainless appliques spread throughout the cabin on the instrument panel, door register bezels, and x-brace; exposed matte carbon-fiber door sills, air register pods, and center console; and a serialized identification plate.
Because this heritage edition model will cover two different-numbered cars, the No. 9 from 1968 and the No. 6 from 1969, it will be available for two model years. In 2019, it will pay respects to the No. 9 model from 1968 with “9” ghosted on the doors and hood. In 2020, it will pay homage to the No. 6 model from 1969 with “6” markings in the same spots.
There is no mention of when the 2019 Ford GT and its new Heritage Edition will be available. Check back for updates.