1967 Ford Mark IV Race Car

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Artifact

Racing car

Date Made

1967

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.

Object ID

71.83.1

Credit

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

Driving America
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at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

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