Ford GT Program by the numbers

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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Postby Tom » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:51 am

Loved reading this. Thanks for doing all the work, much appreciated!

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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Postby dannyboy » Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:30 am

Nice read! Glad it popped up again, otherwise I would have missed it (soooo many threads in here, that I could spend the next couple of years catching up)...
Nice to read about the chassisnumbers et al. :)
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Postby JSB33 » Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:20 am

So glad that you guys got something out of it.
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Postby JSB33 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:14 am

Updated again
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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Postby Roc Spo » Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:28 am

Thanks for all your hard work Jeff. A truly spectacular post! I can only imagine all the time and effort you put into it. I too am a big Ford GT fan, and have been collecting models of them since the early days of Bang. I am delighted that Spark, IXO, and even Minichamps have picked up the torch, and continue to produce even better models of this iconic race car.
it is with much respect and admiration that I will now attempt to fill in some of the gaps in the story. I can not hope to provide the level of detail you have, but will offer the limited information I do have.

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Chassis #102, the same car as the #140 in your post.
#10, as raced at Le Mans in 1964, where it DNFd after 15 laps. By Spark

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Chassis #103, #11 as raced at Le Mans 1964. DNFd with a broken gearbox. By Spark

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Chassis #107, #2 as Raced at Le Mans 1965. DNFd, but set a new lap record before retiring. By Spark

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Chassis #1005, #6 as raced at Le Mans 1965. DNF By Spark

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Chassis #1006, #14 as raced at Le Mans 1965. DNF By Spark

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Chassis #1007, #15 as raced at Le Mans 1966. DNF By Spark

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Chassis #1029, #63 as practiced at Le Mans 1966. The car did not race, as it was totaled after being hit from behind during practice by the #7 Silver and Black Ford GT. By Spark

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Chassis #1039, #59 as raced at Le Mans 1966. DNF It faired better at Spa that year, where it finished first in class, and 3rd overall. This chassis is probably the most-raced Ford GT of all. From 1967 through 1970, it raced 97 times. It won 28 races, finishing in the top 3 72 times! Over those 97 races, it only DNFd 3 times. By Spark

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Chassis #10001 Mirage, #14 as raced at Le Mans 1967. DNF The only remaining Mirage in its original form. By Spark

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Chassis #1020, #16 as raced at Le Mans 1967. DNF By Spark

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Chassis #1015, #6 as raced at Le Mans in 1967. DNFd, as it crashed in the Ford pile-up.
This is the same chassis as the #1 car from Le Mans 1966, which should have won the race, and the 1966 Daytona 24 winner, wearing the #98. By IXO

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Chassis #1031, #5 as raced at Le Mans 1967. DNF This chassis finished 3rd at Daytona 1966, wearing the #95. By IXO

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Also Chassis #1031, this time #2, as raced at Sebring 1966. The car broke while leading on the final lap, and was disqualified after Dan Gurney got out of the car and pushed it across the finish line. The car would have finished second had he just pulled over and stopped. By Bang

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Chassis #1047, pictured in Jeff's post as the red #3, as it appeared at Le Mans 1966, leading most of the first 17 hours before retiring. Here, it is the #57, as raced at Le Mans 1967. After having problems early, it raced furiously through the field, almost catching the leaders before retiring.
By Universal Hobbies

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Chassis #1076, as raced at Le Mans 1969. Finished 3rd overall. By Spark

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After a 41 year absence, Ford GTs returned to Le Mans in 2010.
#60, entered by Matech Competition. DNF Completed 171 laps. One of the drivers was Romain Grosjean, currently driving for Lotus in Formula One. By Spark

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#61, also from Le Mans 2010. DNF Completed 59 laps before catching fire and retiring. By Spark

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#70, Le Mans 2010. If I remember correctly, it was run off the road by a LMP1 car, while leading its class. By Spark

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And finally #68, as entered by Robertson Racing for Le Mans 2011. Finished 26th overall, 3rd in LMGTE AM, completing 285 laps.

Once again, a big Thank You to Jeff, for inspiring me to get out my camera and contribute in a small way to his fine project. I can't wait for Ford to release the next Ford GT, so the tradition can continue!!

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Postby JSB33 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:09 am

What a great collection of GT40's you have. Thanks for the kind words and especially for sharing your cars here.
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Postby guitardave_1 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:27 am

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GT40 P/1081 Model by Spark
Delivered very late in the program in April of 1969 To German Hans Lehmann (Of DeutscheAuto Zeitung magazine fame) the car had a very successful race career, Winning its class in Monza, Nurburgring and Watkins Glen.
Perhaps its biggest moment was finishing 6th overall and 3rd in class (Behind 2 JWA Fords) in Le Mans with Reinhold Joest/ Helmut Kellners driving it to the only finish at Le Mans by a privately entered GT40.

Jeff, do you happen to know whether the IXO/Altaya version of this car that you sent over here is based on a particular race? I'd like to research its history and also fill out my database listing.
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Postby JSB33 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:08 am

Dave, it is as above. Its a pretty good history for a car that is not well known.
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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Postby Featherless_Biped » Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:03 am

JSB33 wrote:Seems this thread was a well kept secret :lol:
So true! I just now stumbled across it. Very impressive chronology. 8-)

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Postby guitardave_1 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:32 am

JSB33 wrote:Dave, it is as above. Its a pretty good history for a car that is not well known.

I like it. Livery works well, and it means I have the GT40 represented beyond the LM winners shelf of the cabinet. So I can accurately list this as the Le Mans finisher?
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Postby JSB33 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:06 am

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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Postby Jager » Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:20 am

Jeff, have you seen this blog on 1:43 GT40's before. It's quite a good resource with lots of interesting detail.

http://fordgt40mirage.blogspot.ae/

Here's one I knew a little about, but hadn't seen any pictures before : Ford GT40 Mk1 Chassis P 1033

1033 was initially made as a road car for team owner Georges Filipinetti. The swiss coach builder Graber finished it with luxury features such as electric windows, A.C., radio, small bumpers, carpet and leather trims, but Filipinetti was not impressed and put it for sale. It was sold to billionaire Ortiz Patiro who remove all the luxury accessories and rebuilt it to the latest racing specifications.

1033 was raced under the team name ZITRO (Ortiz reversed). It was entered for Le Mans in 1969, but the engine blew in practice and it never started the race. Here it is in the paddock at Le Mans :

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Postby chr15b » Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:05 pm

great thread, nice to see so many models in one place with such good detail. as you know Jeff i have a liking for themes and i bet these GT40's look fantastic displayed!

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Postby JSB33 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:44 am

Jager wrote:Jeff, have you seen this blog on 1:43 GT40's before. It's quite a good resource with lots of interesting detail.

http://fordgt40mirage.blogspot.ae/

Here's one I knew a little about, but hadn't seen any pictures before : Ford GT40 Mk1 Chassis P 1033

1033 was initially made as a road car for team owner Georges Filipinetti. The swiss coach builder Graber finished it with luxury features such as electric windows, A.C., radio, small bumpers, carpet and leather trims, but Filipinetti was not impressed and put it for sale. It was sold to billionaire Ortiz Patiro who remove all the luxury accessories and rebuilt it to the latest racing specifications.

1033 was raced under the team name ZITRO (Ortiz reversed). It was entered for Le Mans in 1969, but the engine blew in practice and it never started the race. Here it is in the paddock at Le Mans :

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Ian, I have not seen that blog. Hard to explain it but for a lot of research, I am still stuck on looking at paper. I am a dinosaur, I know :lol:
That is a very nice blue on 1033.
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chr15b wrote:great thread, nice to see so many models in one place with such good detail. as you know Jeff i have a liking for themes and i bet these GT40's look fantastic displayed!


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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Postby Baxter » Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:54 am

I have a question about the 1966 Daytona cars, #96, #97 and #98.

All the photos I've seen of #97 show a full width blue stripe across the front. The Ixo car has none.

My example of the #98, Eagles Race I think, has a red half stripe on the front left (looking from the front of the car). The Ixo has a red half stripe on the front right.

The #96 has no stripe at all on the front.

What is correct?

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Postby Jager » Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:00 pm

Baxter, the Racingsportscar website is always a good place to start with these sort of question :

http://www.racingsportscars.com/photo/D ... ort=Number

Even though the pictures are mostly B & W, they appear to support your observations :

#96 - White Nose (No stripe)
#97 - Full width blue stripe
#98 - Half red stripe on the drivers left

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Postby JSB33 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:06 pm

Looking thru all my books, the best pics were from "The Ford that beat Ferrari" and "Shelby GT40"

#96 White nose, Blue and orange stripe on door

#97 the two white stripes on nose of the IXO are correct but with a caveat. It left Shelby American like that, was hastily painted blue with some locally sourced Dayglo blue paint right before the race. A few hours in the blue paint had virtually worn away. There is also a blue stripe on the door. Perhaps IXO should have smeared some blue on the nose. In the picture I have the white stripes are clearly visible thru the grime and the remnants of the blue paint. Whoever painted the blue did a piss poor job on it, I think it was done with a brush.

#98 Half red stripe on the nose (looking at the front of the car head on) on the right side/drivers left. It also has a red stripe on the door.


IXO seems to have gotten everything pretty close. Perhaps the color of the yellow on the door of #96 is too yellow and not orange enough and they should have addressed the blue on the nose of the #97 but everything else is as it should be although I think the white stripes on it go too far up the front.

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Postby Baxter » Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:20 pm

Ok thanks! So two of my three Universals Hobbies models are good enough to stay. But #98 has the red bit on the driver's side and if I don't replace it that will always annoy me. My green-nosed #97 and blue-nosed #95 are accurate enough to stay in the flock. The Ixo look better but there are so many other models I want that I've given up the upgrade game if what I have is decent. There are at least eight other GT40 I would like to get before I worry about replacing my UH versions.

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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Postby Jager » Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:25 am

Spark have just released another GT40 - P1009 :

GT40 P/1009 was shipped out on completion to South Africa where it was road registered and competed in the Springbok series. In 1966 it ran at Spa and Nurburgring before being shipped out to Australia for the August Surfers Paradise race.In October 1966 it was delivered to Ed Nelson in London. 1009 remained unraced by its new owner until March 1967, but the following 18 months saw the car competing in Sourh Africa and America as well as all over Europe. Ed raced 1009 for the last time on 22 September 1968 at Nurburgring. It was then sold to Malcolm Guthrie who resprayed it grey with maroon striping. First time out at Kyalami it crashed sustaining considerable frontal and nearside damage. 1009 was then crated up and flown back to England.

The story now becomes complicated, for on his return to England Malcolm decided to build a new 1009 rather than rebuild the wreck.The bare chassis was accordingly bought via JWA and work begun at Alan Mann`s workshops on considerably lightening the chassis prior to building it up with numerous lightweight modifications. Finished in grey and maroon with gold pinstriping, this car ran at Le Mans, Norisring and Hockenheim.

Spark have modelled the 1969 "Le Mans" version:

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Postby JSB33 » Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:45 am

One of the more restrained and better looking paint schemes on a GT40
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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Postby Batman » Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:04 am

Thanks for the history lesson on Ford's GT40 program. A very interesting and great read. The models are awesome! I don't aspire to have all of them, but I do have the first and last of the four years in a row Ford GT Le Mans winners by IXO. I hope to get the other two, in-between years winners, soon. :D
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Postby JSB33 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:54 am

Glad you enjoyed it. Watch out, buying GT40's can be habit forming. I just got my 40th :roll:
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Re: Ford GT Program by the numbers

Postby Batman » Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:08 am

JSB33 wrote:Glad you enjoyed it. Watch out, buying GT40's can be habit forming. I just got my 40th :roll:


I will not join the darkside... :ugeek: :lol:

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Bump for Luciano.
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