Those in the Glass House have a deep well of history from which to draw, perfect for crafting low-volume special editions for their raciest machines. This time around, Ford is giving a nod to its 1966 lightweight experimental prototypes, showing up at the Chicago Auto Show in the form of a natty red Ford GT supercar.
The name Alan Mann may not be as well known by casual fans as Carroll Shelby or Bruce McLaren when it comes to Ford racing history. Nevertheless, he and his team were instrumental in the lightweight cars that played a significant role in the development of the more widely known winning machines. In 1965 and 1966, Alan Mann Racing used lighter materials to create the AM GT-1, plus a second car, both of which were based on the GT Mk I. While neither of those prototypes ever won a major race, the use of lightweight materials was similar to what helped Ford win Le Mans with the GT Mk II in 1966.
“Whether it’s going like hell at the racetrack or out-innovating the competition, the Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition honors the vehicles that helped lead Ford to its wins,” said Mike Severson, GT program manager. “With its red and gold livery, this Ford GT is inspired by Alan Mann Racing’s contribution to our Le Mans-winning story.”
All of which is a marketing palaver to describe an attractive Ford GT with red exterior paint and gold graphics. You’ll have noticed the twin go-faster stripes by now, along with other accents such as the white bands and number roundels. There is no shortage of gloss carbon fiber components on the exterior, smattered about the rear diffuser and engine louvers among other places. Brembo-branded brake calipers peep out from behind the 20-inch wheels. Future bidders at Barrett-Jackson will be examining the interiors of these things for an Alcantara-trimmed instrument panel, seats, and headliner. Gold trim spills over from the exterior onto some cabin bezels and seat bracing.
This edition marks the latest in a long line of heritage GTs since the so-called blue-collar supercar first appeared over 15 years ago. Tributes to winning GT40 Mk I Le Mans racers from 1966 to 1969 were produced during this generation GT’s first years of production, followed by Daytona homages and a nod to the ’64 prototypes.
The 2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition is available for approved Ford GT customers, with first deliveries taking place this quarter.
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