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jesse
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posted 01-19-2001 11:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jesse   Click Here to Email jesse     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i'm guessing the red car on this page is a GT40. is it a specific year? was only one model produced? or were there variations? does any one sell good kits to build a replica of that car? thanks alot, wow that's a nice car.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-20-2001 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, it's a GT-40.

David Hoskin has a an excellent page on the GT-40. Here's a excerpt:

From:
http://www.ozemail.com.au/~dhosking/ford/gt40/index.html

"The GT40 was Ford's answer to Ferrari's domination of sports car racing. In 1963 the project to build a car that would beat Ferrari at his own game was begun. Just three years later in 1966 the GT40 began a 4 year winning streak at Le Mans.

The original GT40 was the Mark 1, powered by the 289ci Ford V8 engine. Although in it's first year of racing, in 1965 it wasn't hugely succesful it paved the way for the Mark 2 which dominated the racing for the next year. Later after rule changes the Mark 1s returned to win the Le Mans 24hour race in 1968 and 1969, now powered by 351ci V8s


While the Mark 2 was built purely for racing, the Mark 3 was built for the road, but wasn't much slower than the Mark 1 on which it was based. The Mark 2 was totally different, it 427 cubic inches of raw power meant in was easily able to dominate sports prototype racing and the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1966.


The Mark 4 was the ultimate and best GT40. Built on a totally different frame and bodywork, this car not only has the power (427ci) but also lightness and aerodynamics. Clocked at 354km/h (220mph) on Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans on it's winning run in 1967 it was the fastest of the GT40s."

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-20-2001 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also, Holman Moody builds a replica, and even currently has an original for sale.

http://www.holmanmoody.com/

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-26-2001 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave_C emailed me an interesting question: Does anyone know of a kit car manufacturer for GT-40s besides Holman Moody?

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Daniel Jones
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posted 01-26-2001 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Jones   Click Here to Email Daniel Jones     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are several. ERA and Lonestar make them here in the States and there are several from England, the Tornado TS40, GTDevelopments GTD40, etc. There's even a company doing a Mazda rotary powered GT40 replica and another doing a Fiero re-body. If you go about a third of the way down the page below, there's a list:
http://www.pncl.co.uk/~sundt/gt40indx.html

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-05-2001 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Dan!

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