Concept Flashback – 1965 GT40 Roadster Prototype



Meet the Original 1964 Ford GT40 Concept and 1965 GT40 Roadster GIF1

The GT40 was actually a pretty derivative design - with a chassis and overall structure partially borrowed from Lola.

But the GT40 as it came from Lola was not a winner right away. While the Mark I GT40 is a bit more pure, and a lot more beautiful by many eyes -- it was not a race-winner.

The GT40 started winning races with the Mark II GT40 with its huge air scoops, front sill spats, and other aero mutations to the overall design.

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But still - it is hard to argue with the clean beauty of these initial concept prototypes.

The GT40 roadster readied the platform for potential open-air race series.  It also made the exotic, LMP1-style design seem possible for a road car.  Or at least one for private billionaires to enjoy on track days?

Indeed, a few were made just for that.

1964 Ford GT40 Concept

 

 

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1965 GT40 Roadster Prototype

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