Rockets to the moon, beat poetry, anti-war demonstrations, The Beatles, and the Ford GT40 all made headlines in 1969. And now, with the 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition, you can turn back the clock to Dearborn’s final Le Mans victory thanks to a special paint job that recalls the JW Automotive/American Gulf Oil-sponsored racing car.
Decorated in Heritage Blue paint with Epic Orange stripes, the 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition is sure to turn heads even more than a regular GT. It even has four white roundels in which the buyer can paint a favorite number. Otherwise, this special edition is identical to a stock Ford GT, which is built on an aluminum space-frame chassis with super-plastic-formed aluminum body panels and an aluminum-over-carbon engine cover. The supercharged 5.4-liter V8 is mounted behind the seats in a mid-ship configuration, making 550 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed manual transmission drives the rear wheels, propelling the $150,000 super car to a top speed of 205 mph.
Because the Ford GT doesn’t meet federal regulations for the 2007 model year and beyond, this is the last year for the short-lived exotic, virtually guaranteeing its desirability for decades to come. Since this classic two-tone paint job is available only for 2006, this isn’t a bad way to make a rare automobile even more exclusive.
Just make sure to wear your Chuck Jordans, vintage jeans, and a faded Jimi Hendrix T-shirt when you take it for a spin.
Courtesy of Ford Motor Company