- 1966: With the GT40,
Ford won the Le Mans 24-hour race in
1966 (Amon & McLaren),
1967 (Gurney & Foyt),
1968 (Rodriguez & Bianchi) and
1969 (Ickx & Oliver).
The '40' refers to the car's height – 40 inches.
- GT40s finished 1-2-3 in 1966 and the 3rd place car,
chassis #P/1016, engine #HA 1697, fetched
us$9,795,000 at RM Sotherby's Monterey auction in
- 1975: A Gulf Research 'Mirage GR8'
driven by Derek Bell and Jackie Ickx,
powered by a Ford Cosworth DFV 3-litre V8 (a detuned F1 engine),
won Le Mans.
- 2012 August:
The 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage race car, P/1074,
used as the camera car in the Steve McQueen movie 'Le Mans',
set a world record of us$11,000,000 for the most expensive
American car sold at auction in RM's Monterey auction.
The movie 'Ford v Ferrari' (or 'Le Mans 66')
told the story of the Ford GT40,
Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and Ken Miles (Christian Bale)
and the start of that four year winning streak.