SUPERFORMANCE INTRODUCES GULF RACING 50TH ANNIVERSARY MKI GT40 AT BARRETT-JACKSON IN SCOTTSDALE
Posted on Monday 01-21-2019
Scottsdale, Ariz. – Jan. 15, 2019 – Superformance is celebrating Ford Motor Company’s four consecutive Le Mans victories with a limited number of Gulf Racing 50th Anniversary Mark I GT40’s™ backed by Mr. John Horsman, then Chief Engineer and Gulf Racing’s “Deputy in Charge”. The prototype Anniversary GT40 is being exhibited in the company’s display at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, along with a spectacular group of Shelby Cobras, Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes and other cars.
“The GT40 dominated Le Mans, winning it overall for an incredible four consecutive years,” said Lance Stander, CEO of Superformance. “No other American carmaker has come close to that amazing achievement. And the same exact car, chassis number 1075, actually won both the 1968 and 1969 races. Both years, 1075 carried the iconic Gulf Racing livery all the way to the winner’s circle. Our Gulf Racing 50th Anniversary GT40 honors all four years of racing history, making each one an instant collectible.”
The 1969 racing season proved more challenging for the Ford-powered GT40s as competitor cars had become lighter and more powerful. The Le Mans race was the focal event of the season with the GT40’s hoping for a fourth or fifth place finish. Over the winter, there was a shuffling of drivers as Jackie Ickx, now recovered from a broken leg, took over GT40P/1075 and co-driver Jackie Oliver was brought in to match his incredible speed.
A serious accident on the first lap at Le Mans caused the field to bunch up and P/1075 was running in 15th place. When dawn broke 12 hours later, it was in the lead with the sole surviving Porsche blistering the track. The Porsche eventually caught the GT40 and the two cars raced side-by-side, swapping positions until the last lap when the GT40 won by only 1.5 seconds.
The special edition car is a recreation of the GT40 MK I that beat the World’s best sports cars from Porsche, Ferrari etc. It won both the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans 24-hour race. The GT40 continuation is built to exacting standards; over two thirds of the rolling chassis parts are interchangeable with that of the original cars including the “monocoque" style platform. Each one boasts a pressed steel roof and beautifully finished body in extra wide body configurations; both right and left-hand drive versions are available for enthusiasts worldwide. The only departure from the original GT40 is the use of electro-galvanized sheet steel in the construction to make the car even stiffer.
“While developing the exhilarating GT40 continuation car, engineers went to great lengths to ensure authenticity,” said Stander. “This car is so authentic that we’re allowed to use the GT40 name. Each car carries the GT40/P chassis number and is eligible for the official GT40 registry. With our Tool Room Configuration’ option, our Gulf Racing 50th Anniversary GT40 is as perfect a tribute to P/1075 as we could make it.”
The “Tool Room Configuration” optional package includes everything from period correct Lexan to the 1969 style dash, racing tanks, coolers, racing equipment and graphics. The package includes a VIN numbers matching Gulf Racing Series guitar. The guitar has John Horsman’s signature and Gulf logo reflecting the actual Gulf Racing Team who won Le Mans in 1968 and 1969. The guitars are a genuine GT40 licensed product designed by Safir GT40 Spares with production of the guitars by Hoodoo Musical Instruments.
“We at Gulf Racing are proud of our employees who worked so hard and long to make the Team a success,” said John H. Horsman, Chief Engineer and Deputy to John Wyer, Gulf Research Racing Company from 1967 to 1975. “The Heritage Gulf GT40 contains a plaque naming twenty-five of those employees who brought the Team such great success. There were many more who contributed but there is not space to name them all.”
The Gulf Racing 50th Anniversary GT40 roller will start at US$179,995.00 and the “Tool Room Configuration” edition starts at $209,900. The cars are offered as supplied complete but without engines and transmissions. The selection, purchase and installation of the drivetrain are the responsibility of the purchaser. Orders are now being accepted.