Barrett-Jackson hosts unveiling of prototype of Le Mans-winning duplicates
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Superformance has unveiled at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction the prototype for its special-edition 50th anniversary Gulf Racing GT40. The company, which manufactures 1960s-era continuation sports cars, says its GT40s are “exact replicas of the 1968/1969 Le Mans-winning car, chassis number 1075.
“The GT40 dominated Le Mans, winning it overall for an incredible four consecutive years,” Lance Stander, Superformance chief executive, is quoted in the company’s announcement. “No other American carmaker has come close to that amazing achievement.
“The same exact car, chassis number 1075, won both the 1968 and 1969 races. Both years, 1075 carried the iconic Gulf Racing livery all the way to the winner’s circle. Our Gulf Racing 50th Anniversary GT40 honors all four years of 1075’s racing history, making each one an instant collectible.”
“Superformance GT40 continuation cars are as true to the originals as you can get,” the company said in its news release. “The Superformance engineers paid such close attention to detail when designing the car that over 90 percent of the vehicle’s parts are interchangeable with an original car and chassis.
“Using an exact replica of the original monocoque unibody chassis, it’s stiffer than any other chassis on the market and is made up of over 244 laser-cut or bent and pressed parts.”
The company said that buyers also can opt for several “modern luxuries and safety features,” including air conditioning, Wilwood disc brakes, Bilstein shocks with H & R springs, an adjustable pedal box and front glass side windows with vents “making it just as comfortable on the street as it is on the track.”
Superformance recommends cars be equipped with a 1969-spec 302cid Ford engine with Gurney Westlake heads, “but owners have option to fit a Ford-based 289 or 351W small block.”
Also optional is a special “Tool Room Reconfiguration” package that “includes everything from period-correct Lexan windows to the 1969-style dash, racing tanks, coolers, racing equipment and graphics.” The package also includes a VIN number-matching Gulf Racing Series guitar, a GT40-licensed product made by Hoodoo Musical Instruments.
Superformance is taking orders for the 50th anniversary Gulf-liveried GT40s. A rolling chassis starts at $179,995 with the Tool Room version starting at $209,000.
For details, visit the Superformance webiste.