100 Cars That Changed History

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44. Ford GTO 40 1964-1969 United States

The Ford GTO 40 was a high-performance British-American race car built and designed in England and powered by a series of American-made engines. Henry Ford II was in attendance in 1966 when the car won the 24 Hours of Le Mans when his company’s Mk II GTO 40 won the contest, earning Ford the distinction of being the first American manufacturer to win Le Mans. The GTO 40 would go on to win that contest the next three years, as well as three other FIA titles between 1966 and 1968. This sleek racer is rare, as only 107 were produced. Like most rare cars of any fame, the GTO 40 replicas are frequently built.


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