Ford GT Program by the numbers

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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Post by JSB33 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:40 pm

Thanks for the kind words, Phil. I enjoyed getting all the info down in one place and there will be addendum's as there are a lot more cars needed to tell the story.
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Post by George143 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:15 pm

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GT40 P/1046 Model By IXO
Sent to Shelby in January 1966 to be completed as a MKII, this car struck gold as the 1966 Le Mans winner driven buy McLaren and Amon.
No special treatment for this important car, it went right into test mode forst with Shelby and then with Holman & Moody. It was the first car to be fitted with a full roll cage and was run with a shortened rear section.
Next run at Daytona in 1967, it crashed out and after being repaired it was a mule for the H&M MKIIB. It was then pushed into a corner and used as a source for spare parts.
It then suffered the fate of being sold to a man in Cleveland who turned it into a road car by painting it gold and and having closed circuit TV installed.
It eventually was stuck in a crate and stored in Belgium for over 3 years.
It then went unrestored for many years.


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XGT-1 Model by IXO
Same gestation as XGT-2. Driven by John Whitmore and Frank Gardner at Le mans where the clutch failed after only 5 hours.
car never raced again.
Hi Jeff,

great "hauls" you've got there, very focused and historically rich pieces.

I particularly like the two pieces quoted, I used to have the McLaren/Amon LM winner BUT was talked (more like was duped) into selling it, and as for the #8 I have it in 1/18 by Exoto, go to love the black racing stripes on yellow base and of course the striking #8 on all sides.


Thank you for sharing! :)

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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Post by JSB33 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:17 pm

Always nice to have another GT40 fan, George.
I have a few of those Exoto MKII's myself, nice, aren't they?
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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Post by George143 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:26 pm

JSB33 wrote:Always nice to have another GT40 fan, George.
I have a few of those Exoto MKII's myself, nice, aren't they?
Superb detailing, very tight shut-lines. left my pocket with moths though ... still :D

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Niiiiiiiiiiice! :)
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Post by scalainj » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:30 am

I really need to add an Exoto GT40 at some point
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Post by JSB33 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:42 am

scalainj wrote:I really need to add an Exoto GT40 at some point
Wanna buy 3? ;)

I offer financing :lol:
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Post by scalainj » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:18 am

I do - but only when you are finished with them

I may need it :lol:
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Post by JSB33 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:00 am

Updated.
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Post by reeft1 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:51 pm

Jeff - I wonder if this might be an interesting addition to the GT40 collection..... a cut and paste from the grandprixmodels.com 4 small wheels magazine



AUT43033 Ford J Car LM Test 1966 #1 £69.95
The J Car was a prototype derivative
of the GT40 that Ford tested at Le
Mans but opted not to use. In the photos
that serve as instructions for the kit
Automodelli Studio include images of
the car on it’s initial test at Riverside
and as it appeared at Le Mans, though
we’re sure that most modellers will go
for the latter. It is pointed out that at Le Mans the front Naca ducts were taped
over initially and should you opt to model the car this way decals are included
for the tape. The decals are inkjet printed so will need careful cutting out and to
address the dispute between whether the front of the car should be dark blue or
black, both are included. The shape of the main body moulding looks good and
the panel engraving is precise but it is extremely feint, so be careful not to lose it
beneath too much paint. The instructions say that to create the rear lights, paint
the recesses silver and then with clear red. This should work but on the real car
the lights are quite bulbous, so some Kristal Kleer might come in handy too to
create the lens.

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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Post by JSB33 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:00 pm

I very much would like a J Car. its one of my biggest wishes for a car not yet made.
Not sure about this one though, it seems to be missing the mark somehow.
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Post by JSB33 » Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:09 pm

Updated.

I read an interesting fact the other evening.
Over 6 years, 46 GT40's were entered at Le Mans.
Out of those 46 only 9 made the entire race distance.
Those 9 cars were responsible for 4 wins, 1 2nd, 2 3rds, 1 4th and 1 6th place finish.
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Post by Arvid » Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:20 pm

respect!!!
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Post by JSB33 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:15 am

Updated
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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Post by mikeC » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:14 am

Has anyone made a 1:43 model of the Lola Mk6? This was the car that Ford used as a starting point for the GT40:

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Post by JSB33 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:37 am

None of the volume producers that i know of Mike. perhaps a white metal version exists.
It would be a nice addition.
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Post by M.K » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:36 am

Wow, just red this for the first time.
I am a big fan of the "war" that was going on at that time, but my knowledge is lacking.

But, i have to correct you in one area. in the very beginning you say that it is the only fully funded "war" and that is not true. Auto Union racing and speed record effort was also fully funded by Hitler to show the supremacy of Nazy Germany. Tough I have to admit that the racing done in Europe between 2 world wars was nothing like the Racing that was going on in US during GT40 era.

When my AU collection grows I will do a small informational post on that.
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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Post by stewil » Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:50 am

Outstanding post Jeff.
Thank you for supplying the link elsewhere as I missed the post last May.

Here is a pic of a GT40 variant, the Shell sponsored Mirage, in a Shell station with a GT40 next to it for comparison. I really like the look of the Mirage vs the GT40 because it seems to be more aerodynamic IMHO. Wish I had a picture of it's rear or full side to show you but my collection is not available to me right now.
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How did I miss this on Jeff's initial p1 post regarding the Mirage? Thanks for the history lesson Jeff

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Postby JSB33 » Thu May 17, 2012 2:46 pm
Things were starting to get interesting in 1967.
Ford was returning with a totally new car but they were not the only ones.

John Weyer Automotive (JWA), having acquired the Ford subsidiary FAV (Ford Advanced Vehicles) became a privateer and as such, had a free hand to go a different route than mother Ford.
He always believed in the original MKI cars and thought it should be developed further.
To that end, He started construction of 3 lightweight MKI's. Not only that, he decided to take full advantage of reducing aerodynamic drag by making a smaller greenhouse. It was always very wide and by 1967, it was painfully obvious the design was getting a bit long in the tooth and could be improved on.
Since his creations were so different than the GT40, he christened them "Mirage".
They also used the 4.9L 351CI Ford engine. It was a very potent combination.
The Mirage would last only one year because of the FIA regulations at the end of the year calling for 3L engines in Prototypes but the Mirage story would continue.

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M.10003 Model by Bizarre

Winning its first race ever at Spa with Jacky Ickx and Dick Johnston driving, it set the tone for this particular chassis.
It is modeled as it appeared at Le Mans with e 302 CI engine where it got a DNF.
Returned to the championship trail with 351 power, it went on to 2 more wins and a couple of seconds.
It t last race was a win in the Paris 1000Km.
It never raced as a Mirage again but it wasn't quite ready for mothballs.
More on this car later on.
Cheers and Happy Collecting,
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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Post by seppuku » Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:07 am

Wow, I just had a chance to read through this..Thank you for taking the time and effort in presentating this...a wealth of information that I never knew before. :D
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Post by GBOAC002 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:36 am

I too have only just discovered this thread and am thoroughly impressed by the amount of work Jeff has put in to his GT40 collection and timeline. Excellent!

Along with one or two others on the forum I am old enough to have watched the story from it's beginnings and remember reading about the Ford/Ferrari events as they progressed. The GT40 is most certainly an iconic machine and deserves to have all of it's iterations replicated in 1:43. J-Car must surely be the final piece of the jigsaw.

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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Post by JSB33 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:46 am

Seems this thread was a well kept secret :lol:

Glad that you guys were able to get something out of it. I will update as i get more cars.
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Post by JSB33 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:57 am

Updated
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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Post by Jager » Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:28 am

Jeff, I'm 18 months late noticing this thread, but just wanted to add my acknowledgement of your efforts.

Great work.
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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Post by JSB33 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:31 am

Glad you enjoyed it, Ian.
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