When you look back over its history, you'll see that the GT40 has more in common with the story of America than the Jeep, Mustang, Camaro, or Corvette, even though they're all American icons in their own rights. If you're unfamiliar with the story of the GT40, its incredible accomplishments, and its enduring legacy, here's the CliffsNotes version:
In the early 1960s, Ford was set to buy Ferrari when Enzo Ferrari canceled the deal at the 11th hour -- ostensibly over control of Ferrari's racing program. Henry Ford II took it personally, declared motorsport war on Ferrari, and hired a who's who of drivers, engineers, and project leaders to design a car that would deliver his victory. With names like Carroll Shelby, Bruce McLaren, Ken Miles, and Dan Gurney dotting the roster, the GT40 effort accomplished this goal by 1966. It won again in 1967, 1968, and 1969, before fading away like an old soldier that had done its duty.