One of the things to cross our minds after we heard Ford was creating a new GT — after nearly immolating ourselves in flames of joy (uh, yeah) — was how it would look painted in the blue and orange Gulf colors of the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans. Now, on the 40th anniversary of the first of four years Ford won Le Mans, the company is offering limited-edition Ford GT Heritage paint livery for 2006, which mimics that of the JW Automotive American Gulf Oil Ford GT P/1075, one of only a few cars to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice. In 1968, it was Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi who piloted the winning GT, and Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver in 1969 — barely edging out a Porsche 908. Porsche's close second place in '69 would auger the end of Ford's run, as the company's 917 racer, powered by a five-liter, flat 12-cylinder motor, would make the GT obsolete just a year later. At least the paint scheme would be the same.
Road and Track Drives the Ford GT at LeMans [internal]