Ford’s performance division has unearthed early sketches of the original GT40 race car, drawn 57 years ago. The design led to the car that beat Ferrari at Le Mans, placing first overall in the 24-hour endurance race four consecutive times, from 1966 to 1969.
The sketches were found by archivists perusing negatives. Three of them depict an early concept of the GT40’s exterior design; the fourth is a cut-away that shows elements of the GT40’s frame and suspension components.
While searching through the styling negative collection recently, @Ford‘s archivists stumbled across what are believed to be some of the earliest design sketches of the Ford GT40, drawn 57 years ago today. #ThrowbackThursday pic.twitter.com/RhCu1ZOLTG
— Ford Performance (@FordPerformance)
June 11, 2020
The exterior sketches show heavily influence from the futuristic road car designs of the 1960s. It’s very sleek