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.
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
1965 GT40 Roadster Prototype
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