In 1963 Ford turned their hand to high performance motorsport. Their goal was the 24hour Le Mans, with the help of Carroll Shelby. Ford took the early Ford GT40 (partly based on the Lola GT) and turned the car into a world-beater.
The GT40 was given its name due to the fact the car only stood 40 inches high. After 50 homologated cars were built and with extensive development the MKII version was born, the GT40 MKII first ran at Le Mans in 1965 and sported a 7-litre V8 engine. An extra feature in the MKII GT40 was the dry sump lubrication, which coupled with some aerodynamic changes made the MKII Ford GT40 more than capable of 200mph with Le Mans gearing. Needless to say the GT40 became almost unbeatable!
Fords goal of winning the Le Mans 24hour race with the GT40 became a reality in 1966 with a famous 1st 2nd and 3rd finish. The Ford GT40s dominance was now in full swing of winning in 1967 with a special MKIV GT40. Built using a bespoke lightweight monocogue chassis the Ford GT40 not only won for the second year running but did so with a record average speed of 135.48 mph (218kph).
Ford GT40 in Racing Red
Shortly after the 1967 Le Mans 24hour Ford ,and their GT40, retyred from racing. However independent teams continued the dominance of the Ford GT40 and over the next few years the Ford GT40 won again and again, including victories at Le Mans in 1968 and in1969 further enforcing the fact that the Ford GT40 was a true great.
Ford GT40 at Le Mans 2006
The Ford GT40 fits a wide range of tyres, the original tyres would have been Dunlop Racing tyres, these tyres however are not road legal!
Ford GT40 with Avon CR6ZZ Tyres
Depending on the width of wheels used on your Ford GT40 some fitments are shown below.
The Model A Ford fitted a 440x21 from 1928-1929. Click here to see the options available for your Vintage Model A Ford.
Ford Model A looking evocative, photo by Phil Jones
The later Model A Ford from 1929-1931 fitted a 475x19 Click here to see the options available for your 1929-1931 Model A Ford.
Dougal's wife Liz has a 1930 Model a saloon she find's the 475/500x19 Michelin DR a very grippy and comfortable tyre to drive on it also has a very vintage tread pattern. The Goodyear Diamond and the Denman tyre in 475/500x19 are also very good value.
Ford Model A History
Replacement for the ubiquitous Ford Model T, the vintage Model A Ford went on sale in December. A much more complex car than its predecessor, the Ford Model A was also more powerful with its 3.3 litre four cylinder sidevalve engine producing a whole 40BHP, which was double the power of the Ford Model T. This gave the Model A Ford a top speed of 65mph (sometimes). A three speed sliding gear transmission replaced the Ford Model T's planetary gears, there was also in amongst all the excitement a coil and battery instead of magneto ignition and also which seems almost unbeleivable a brake for all four wire wheels.
The Model T Ford's ungainly styling was abandoned,and the eagerly awaited Model A Ford up to the minute looks,wider choice of colours and needless to say competetive pricing helped ensure its success. The first Model A Ford was assembled on 21st of october 1927 and the car's nationwide introduction followed on 2nd of December in the same year. Nine different body styles were offered for 1928, and as production gathered pace ,this increased to no fewer than 18 for 1929. Model A Ford production for the 1928 calendar year was a staggering 633,594 cars.