Ford GT40 (1968 Le Mans Winner) - 1:43 Scale Model Car by Spark
In an attempt to reign in increasingly dangerous speeds, the FIA changed the rules governing sports car racing in 1968 to limit Group 6 prototypes to 3 liters of displacement, while permitting up to 5 liters for serially built sports cars. This change created a loophole big enough to drive a Ford GT40 through, and that is precisely what John Wyer Racing did for the 1968 World Sportscar Championship season. Dusting off the Mk. 1 GT40 chassis and stuffing it full of new 5-liter engines, Wyer's Gulf-liveried GT40s took on the increasingly competitive 3-liter prototype Porsche 908s at Le Mans...an event that would decide the 1968 title thanks to having been rescheduled from June to September. With ace drivers Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi at the wheel, the revitalized GT40 outlasted the Porsche contingent in the face of heavy rain to take a five-lap victory, Ford's third consecutive win at Le Mans.
Spark's 1:43-scale resin replica of the 1968 Le Mans-winning Gulf-Wyer Ford GT40 is among the very finest GT40 models to come along in some time. Resplendent in iconic Gulf blue and orange, it features a perfectly sculpted body and finely detailed trim. Of particular note are the exceptional orange racing wheels and gold-stripe Firestone tires. The Spark GT40 '68 Le Mans-winner is likely to become a cherished centerpiece in collections of historic Ford race car models.
SPECIFICATIONS: 1:43 scale (approximately four inches in length). Resin body, features no opening parts. Fixed-position steering. Comes with acrylic dust cover and display base.
PERFECT FOR: Ford fanatics. Le Mans historians. Those who are devoted to the "Gulf Livery" lifestyle.
ITEM #: 43LM68