The Mk. I had slightly different markings and remains
the only individual car that has won Le Mans twice. In 1968 it was
driven by Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi, and in 1969 by Jack Ickx
and Jackie Oliver. The Mk.I used Ford's 4.9-liter V-8. Note that in
1966, the Fords finished 1-2-3 at Le Mans in what turned out to be a
controversial photo finish that gave the win to Amon and McLaren.
this review I had the 1967, 1968, and 1969 winning cars, which look
spectacular, especially for 1/43 scale. The red Mk. IV has a radically
different body style from the Mk. I models in their Gulf markings, but
there are subtle differences among them all.
Detail on the 1967
winner is impressive, with red spinner wheel nuts, Goodyear-labeled
tires, a big windshield wiper (it always rains during Le Mans), chrome
mirrors, and the appropriate body air vents for the big V-8. In back are
four stacked lights and twin pipes. In front are twin enclosed
headlamps, the Gurney bump in the rood (because Gurney was a tall driver
and need the headroom), plus white stripes that run the length of the
car and along its sides. At this point, sponsorships were minor, so only
a Ford logo graces the car.
The 1968 and 1969 winning cars are
nearly identical, but a few details separate them. The screening on the
trunk lid is drastically different in each: the 1968 model's screen looks like a simple grate to let heat out, and the 1969 model's screen has nine symmetrical holes. Both include Gulf logos, but the 1969 Mk. I includes one with a checkered flag behind it; Firestone, Autolite, Koni Shocks and Girling decals on its sides; and a S.E.V. Marchal logo over the rear wheels wells with Trico Ferodo logos behind the wells. The 1968 model has fewer logos overall.
For the record, the 1968 is No. 9 and the 1969 is No. 6. The paint jobs are good and the colors are vibrant. And yes, they appropriately have Firestone-labeled tires. None of the cars have detailed engines, but do have a representation of their muscular V-8s showing through the rear windows, which included riveted trim that looks like it's holding the windows in, and decals on the side windows to approximate the sliding insert windows drivers could use to increase air flow in the cockpit.
I've only seen pictures of the 1966 Mk. II and its 7.0-liter V-8, but I imagine its quality will be up to the other Ixo models. Ixo offers a variety of other notable GT40s, including versions that won the 24 Hours of Daytona and several that were competitive at Le Mans and Daytona but didn't win. All are expertly detailed and include proper markings.
These are good-looking, affordable models and easily can plug any Le Mans racer holes in your collection.
Product: Ford GT40
Maker: IXO (available through Replicarz and finer hobby stores)
Stock Nos.: LM1967, LM1968, LM1969
MSRP: $34.99 each
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