1967 Ford Mark IV Race Car

Summary

This car was built to win the world's most important sports car race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Driven by American legends Dan Gurney and A.J.Foyt it accomplished its goal in 1967, beating the second place Ferrari by 32 miles at a record-breaking average speed of 135.48 miles per hour. The chassis was built of an aluminum honeycomb material borrowed from aircraft practice, while the body shape is the result of hours of wind tunnel testing. The engine is based on Ford's stock car racing engine and proved highly reliable. In the 1960s Ford Motor Company made the most massive sports car racing effort ever seen in America, winning the Le Mans race in 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969. The bump on the roof accommodated Dan Gurney's 6'4" height.

This car was built to win the world's most important sports car race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Driven by American legends Dan Gurney and A.J.Foyt it accomplished its goal in 1967, beating the second place Ferrari by 32 miles at a record-breaking average speed of 135.48 miles per hour. The chassis was built of an aluminum honeycomb material borrowed from aircraft practice, while the body shape is the result of hours of wind tunnel testing. The engine is based on Ford's stock car racing engine and proved highly reliable. In the 1960s Ford Motor Company made the most massive sports car racing effort ever seen in America, winning the Le Mans race in 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969. The bump on the roof accommodated Dan Gurney's 6'4" height.

Artifact

Racing car

Date Made

1967

Creators

Ford Motor Company 

Shelby-American Inc. 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

Creator Notes

Made by Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan with design assistance by Shelby-American Inc.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

71.83.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Aluminum (Metal)
Rubber (Material)
Plexiglas (TM)
Leather

Color

Red
White (Color)
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 40 in

Width: 71 in

Length: 171 in

Wheelbase: 95 in

Weight: 2653 lbs

Inscriptions

On front: 1 On right and left side: 1 / FORD

Specifications

Make & Model: 1967 Ford Mark IV sports car racing

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan

Engine: Ford V-8, overhead valves, 427 cubic inches

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Height: 38.5 inches

Wheelbase: 95 inches

Width: 70.5 inches

Overall length: 171 inches

Weight: 2205 pounds

Horsepower: 500 at 5000 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 4.4

Competition History: Appeared in only one race, the 1967 Le Mans 24-hour. It won, finishing 32 miles ahead of the second-place Ferrari, and set an average speed record of 135.48 miles per hour.

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