Ford Celebrates Recent Le Mans Win With Release of ’66 Heritage

Last month in France, Ford won the 24 Hour of Le Mans race with its GT model. The win comes 50 years after the Ford GT40 Mark II won in 1966.

To celebrate, Ford created a special edition of its GT super car called the ’66 Heritage Edition. It will be even more exclusive than the 2017 GT and will only be offered for the 2017 model year, explains Mashable. Only 250 models of the 2017 GT are available each year.

The Heritage comes in a Shadow Black paint job available to owners in either gloss or matte finish. It will also feature a silver stripe with exposed carbon fiber parts.

In a color called “Frozen White,” the exterior, the hood and doors will be plastered with a “#2” graphic. The 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels are finished in a satin clear-coat with black lug nuts. Keeping in mind that automotive refinish coatings had a value of $2 billion in 2014, the latest upgrades are sure to appeal to any driver.

The interior of the new model is complete with carbon fiber seats featuring pillowed inserts. Ebony leather is continued through the seats, steering wheel, instrument panel, and headliner. Just like the ’66 race car, the Heritage model had gold accents throughout the cabin to compliment the leather interior.

In order to obtain a 2017 Ford GT, ’66 Heritage Edition or otherwise, prospective buyers must got to Ford’s website and apply for the privilege. That is, if you are able to afford the $450,000 price tag in the first place.

“Celebrating the anniversary of Ford’s historic victories at Le Mans has always been a part of the return of the Ford GT,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, product development and chief technical officer. “The 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is a stunning tribute to the car that kicked off Ford’s string of Le Mans victories in 1966,” he added.

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