A Timeless DesignThe Ford GT40 was built to revolutionise the racetracks of the 60s, and this classic car looks just as at home on 21st-century roads with its bold and iconic design. When facing off against Ferrari, who had dominated endurance racing from 1960 to 1965, the Gulf P-1075 chassis and the 289 with Gurney Westlake heads became famous as the cars that turned the tide.
40 inchesThe Gulf livery GT40 is world-renowned for being striking and photogenic. With its height of forty inches, the racing-bred GT40 Grand Touring stands out like no other and looks great from every angle.
A New Zealand ClassicIn 1966, two Kiwi boys named Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon took on the Ferrari team at Le Mans. After four consecutive wins at the 24-hour Le Mans, the GT40 had become a racing icon.
What We DoAt GT40 New Zealand, we are dedicated to faithfully recreating the Ford GT40 and providing the best build and owner experience for our customers. Our kit cars have a monocoque unibody and use parts that are manufactured in New Zealand and are identical to GT40 factory parts.
Most Ford GT40 kit cars are at best a mediocre representation of the GT40experience. There’s always small details in the design that don’t match the original model, giving a skin-deep appearance of authenticity while compromising the driving experience by cutting costs with inferior parts.
At GT40 New Zealand, we are dedicated to providing an authentic recreation of the original GT40experience, so much so that our cars can even be used in historic racing. Almost all our components are functionally identical to the original Ford GT40 parts and are manufactured here in New Zealand using the original blueprints.
All GT40 New Zealand cars are complete factory-manufactured rollers minus the engine and transmission system, so you can either install an original 289 Engine with webers or a model equivalent. Our GT40s' monocoque unibody is a faithful recreation of the original, complete with pressed-steel roof. We can build both left and right-hand-drive vehicles, so our GT40s can be road registered anywhere in the world.
The Ford GT40 LegacyWhen Ford USA withdrew from sports car racing in 1967, Gulf Oil Corporation and J.W. Automobile Engineering took over the sponsorship of the newly acquired GT40 race team. Gulf Oil’s President, Grady Davis, single-handedly established the company’s racing team when he entered his personal P1049 GT40 in both Sebring and Daytona. His car was painted in what would become the original standard Gulf Oil colours of dark blue with orange trim.
The first official Gulf race cars were manufactured in 1967 and were known as Mirages. The Mirage had a narrower roof line and featured a new distinct power-blue colour accent with marigold and orange trim. Only three Mirages were ever built and there’s only one left today that's available for private ownership.
As for the other two, one was destroyed and the other was rebuild as a new FordGT40 – the P1075 with Gulf livery. This car won Le Mans twice in 1968 and 1969. The P1075 used a new Mirage tub and the P1076 was built using the standard GT40 chassis. These cars used early carbon-fibre body panels with a wider rear clamshell and bonnet to accommodate the lightweight PRM’s deeper offset magnesium wheels.
The World GT40 Registry lists just five cars with JWAE/Gulf livery, with the chassis numbers 1074, 1076, 1084, and 1086. The 1084 started life as a 1965 chassis (1004). In 1968 an extra car was needed for the Circuit de Spa so that the 1074 car could be rested and ready for Le Mans. The new P1084 finished in fourth place at the Spa.
The 1086 chassis was the last GT40 with Gulf livery and had the ultimate number in the original production run (P1000-1086). This was also the last GT40 to be completed as an order for JWAE, and the last with an original 1967Abbey Panels chassis. After JWAE’s racing program finished, John Willment, who was by then the team’s sole owner, retained the car and displayed it at a museum for many years.
The remaining Ford GT40 with Gulf livery, the P1075, was eventually acquired by a private collector, who paid almost eleven million dollars for it. Owning a GT40New Zealand car gives you a chance to experience a piece of driving history, as there is only one lucky driver in the world can own the original.
Chassis Design for the 21st century
Original GT40 ChassisThe original FordGT40 monocoque chassis was revolutionary for race cars in the 1960s. Where most used the classic space frame, the GT40 had a lightweight composite chassis which offered significant weight-saving, as well as increased torsional rigidity and safety.
Classic Sports Interior
Original Driving FeelWith its appropriately minimalistic 60’s design, The Ford GT40 allows drivers to rekindle that original driving experience.