Stephen Randall

Ford GT40 Mk II

Year Built: 1966

Livery Year: 1966

Livery Year Driver: Mark Donohue/Paul Hawkins

Chassis: Ford GT40

Engine: Ford

Adoption cost: $2,000

After an apparent last-minute change of heart by Enzo Ferrari, who for a period had shown interest in selling his firm to Ford Motor Company, an incensed Henry Ford II vowed to beat Ferrari at his own game by mounting an all-out attempt to win the 24-Hours of Le Mans. Ford was more than successful; either Ford “factory” cars or private entries won the iconic event for five consecutive years between 1966 and 1970. After finishing second in the 1966 Sebring 12-Hours in the hands of Walt Hansgen and Mark Donohue, this Ford GT 40 Mk II was driven at Le Mans by Donohue and Australian Paul Hawkins but was eliminated by mechanical trouble after only 12 laps. Later that summer, it was one of several team cars painted “for display purposes” to resemble the winning car of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon for use at European auto shows. In 2005, with the help of Ford Motor Company, it was restored to its original 1966 Le Mans livery.

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