The Ford GT is entering its final production year in 2022. And just in time, Ford is releasing yet another special-edition GT that pays tribute to the very first mid-engine racing prototype the blue oval built, way back in 1964.
The full name of this vehicle is the 2022 Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition, which tells you just about everything you need to know. It’s got a paint scheme inspired by the very first GT ever shown to the public, the prototype that debuted at the New York International Auto Show on April 3, 1964. That means a body in Wimbledon white with deep Antimatter blue accents, including the front portion of the nose and the racing stripe (with two peek-a-boo carbon fiber accents) that runs over the roof and onto the tail. Exposed carbon fiber accents include the front splitter, side sills, mirror stalks, and more. Inside, this Heritage Edition has plenty of carbon accents, plus Lightspeed blue Alcantara upholstery touches.
Ford released a huge treasure trove of archival photos of the very first GT prototype, chassis No. GT/101, that inspired it. The debut car, along with a second prototype, were scrapped during testing. Chassis 103 won Daytona in 1965, driven by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby, and 104 finished third in that race with Bob Bondurant and Ritchie Ginther driving. The vintage GT you see photographed along side the new car here is chassis No. GT/105. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.