GT40 Sales Brochure

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This is the cover of the GT40 Sales Brochure. What follows is the text from the brochure together with some of the original pictures. I've also included some pictures from the same photographic shoot which weren't used. 

Incidentally, the car featured is GT40P/1051 which is unusual in having the old-style rear bodywork fitted, despite it's fairly high chassis number.


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THE BESPOKE CAR. The thing to keep in mind is that the Ford GT40 is something very, very special in the way of cars. So special, in fact, that you need to be measured for it, just as a tailor measures you for a bespoke suit. If you absolutely insist, of course, you can have one off the peg, but it would be rather like ordering something from Savile Row through a mail-order catalogue.

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Far wiser and better to do the thing properly, and go along for a personal fitting. After all, when you are buying one of the sleekest, swiftest, most powerful machines ever to come onto the market, you want to be sure - and Ford wants to be sure - that it's tailored exactly right. Only a personal visit can guarantee this.

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Unless you have just dropped in from the far side of the moon, it will be unnecessary to point out that this is the car which created a sensation when it came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hour Race.

Naturally, the 'domestic' version has had to be de-tuned, because the Le Mans machine was race-bred, and would be altogether too formidable for anywhere outside a race circuit.

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Special exhaust silencers have been developed, and softer brake linings incorporated. There has also been a 25 per cent reduction of the shock absorbers' stiffness.

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But the overall performance figures still speak volumes. Output is a very smooth 335 bhp at 6250 rpm, which gives a top speed of 164 mph and maximum gear speeds of:

1st..........58 mph 2nd ..........90mph
3rd..........127 mph 4th..........142 mph

Top..........164 mph

SPACE-AGE LINES. Externally, the road version of the GT looks little different from its Le Mans sister. It is just 40 inches high, and driver and passenger sit in a semi-reclining position, following modern practice in all racing and the best Grand Touring cars.

Headlights are enclosed within the bodywork, and perspex covers retain the sleek, space-age lines.

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Inside, nothing has been spared in the way of comfort and convenience for driver and passenger. Standard upholstery is black, and the floor and door sills are covered with deep carpet and thick underlay.

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As one would expect with such a power unit, there is a comprehensive range of instruments, all angled towards the driver's eye. There is also a special windscreen wiper which was developed to operate at speeds of up to 200 mph on the racing GT.

Aeroflow, the unique Ford ventilation system is standard equipment, as is a thermostatically controlled radiator fan, a heater/demister and an engine compartment light.

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PERSONAL CHOICE. When you go for your personal fitting, among other things the engineers will discuss with you will be the rear axle ratios and the gear ratios. You can choose your own from a wide range.

And the body colour? With 150 to choose from, you should be able to find what you want.

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The tyres are specially made by Goodyear and incorporate all the lessons this famous company has learned in its highly successful racing programme.

There are two aircraft-patterned fuel cells with a combined capacity of 31 gallons. Fuel is delivered to the carburettors by a heavy-duty Stewart-Warner electric pump.

A special two-plate clutch and flywheel complete the transformation from a truly formidable track champion to a smooth, luxurious road car which is equally at home in city streets or on high-speed motorways.