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100 years of Ford in Britain: image of the week 49/52

This week’s image tells the story of one of Ford’s most legendary vehicles, and one of the most exciting of all time.

Number 49 in a series of 52

In 1962 after failing to buy Ferrari, Henry Ford II challenged Ford engineers to build a prototype racer that would win the Le Mans 24 Hours race, defeating the Italian arch-rival in the process.

After an unimpressive first attempt in 1964, the Ford GT40 MkII emerged in 1966, claiming the first three places at the Daytona 24 Hours. At Le Mans, it set new speed and lap records, before finishing first, second and third.

The GT40 was powered by a 7-litre V8 engine, producing 485 bhp with a recorded top speed of 187 mph.  The two-door, two-seat car had a body made from glass reinforced plastic, weighed just over 1100 kg, and was nicknamed GT40 after its 40 inch height.

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