Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn is honoring the prototype vehicle that planted the seeds for today’s Ford GT supercar with the 2022 Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition.
The 1964 Ford GT prototype debuted at the New York International Auto Show on April 3, 1964 and went on to become America’s only Le Mans-winning supercar. The only remaining 1964 Ford GT prototype, GT/105, still wearing the original livery, will share the spotlight with the new version this week during Monterey Car Week in California.
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“This is the first Ford GT Heritage Edition that goes beyond celebrating race wins,” says Mike Severson, program manager for Ford GT. “This one goes deep and honors the earliest of Ford supercar heritage. The Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition is a modern interpretation of the original, with no mistaking what this car is paying tribute to.”
The Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition supercar wears Wimbledon White paint with Antimatter Blue graphics, including an over-the-roof triple racing stripe. Exposed carbon fiber components are prominent, including 20-inch Antimatter Blue-painted carbon fiber wheels, a touch unique to Ford GT, as well as an exposed carbon fiber front splitter, side sills, mirror stalks, engine louvers, and rear diffuser finished in gloss. Brembo brake calipers lacquered in silver with black graphics, plus black lug nuts further modernize the aesthetic.
Carbon fiber carries into the cabin as well, with carbon fiber door sills, lower A-pillars and console, along with matte carbon fiber registers. Lightspeed Blue Alcantara-wrapped carbon fiber seats feature silver stitching, while seating surfaces and head restraints are embossed with the GT logo.
The instrument panel is wrapped in Ebony leather and Lightspeed Blue Alcantara, while pillars and headliner are wrapped in Ebony Alcantara. Antimatter Blue appliqués on the instrument panel, door register bezels, and seat X-brace are coordinated with the wheels. The steering wheel is finished in Ebony Alcantara with black stitching, while dual-clutch paddle shifters are clear and polished.
“There are a lot of milestone moments in the history of Ford GT that we’ve celebrated, but the team was unanimous in believing the original prototype was the right vehicle this time around,” Severson says. “That 1964 prototype unleashed the creative genius of the Ford Advanced Vehicles Team and paved the way for the Ford GT program. It put all of this in motion.”
With the objective of beating Ferrari and winning Le Mans, Ford began development of its own race car in 1963, and less than a year later, the Ford GT prototype (chassis GT/101) was revealed at the 1964 New York International Auto Show.
Five GT prototypes were built — the first Ford models to use deep aerodynamic analysis to optimize high-speed performance. These are some of the most significant cars produced by Ford, marking the foundation for the GT program that culminated in the company’s 1-2-3 sweep at Le Mans in 1966.
Of the five Ford GT prototypes built, chassis GT/105 is the only one to survive and wear the period-correct livery.
Chassis GT/101 and GT/102 were scrapped after Le Mans and Monza crash testing, but that testing was critical in making significant improvements to GT/103, GT/104, and GT/105. Marking the first GT victory, GT/103 won at Daytona in 1965 with Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby behind the wheel, while GT/104 placed third with Bob Bondurant and Ritchie Ginther. Both GT/103 and GT/104 have been repainted and are exclusive displays at the Shelby Museum in Boulder, Colo.
The Ford GT Heritage Edition series has celebrated landmark moments, and of course Le Mans-winning titles. To date, the new 2022 Ford GT ’64 Heritage Edition marks the sixth in the ultra-limited-production series. These include:
- 2021 Ford GT ’66 Daytona Heritage Edition
- 2020 Ford GT ’69 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition
- 2019 Ford GT ’68 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition
- 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition
- 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition
- 2006 Ford GT Gulf Livery Heritage Edition