1967 Ford Mark IV Race Car

Ford Motor Company and Shelby-American Inc.1967

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford

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. Engine: Ford V-8, overhead valves, 427 cu. in., 500 hp The bump on the roof accomodated Dan Gurney's 6'4" height.

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  • Title: 1967 Ford Mark IV Race Car
  • Creator: Ford Motor Company, Shelby-American Inc.
  • Date Created: 1967
  • Location: United States, Michigan, Dearborn, France, Le Mans
  • Subject Keywords: Automobiles, Ford automobile, Racing cars, Automobile racing, Firsts, Foyt, A. J., 1935-, Gurney, Dan, 1931-, Shelby, Carroll, 1923-2012, 24 Hours of Le Mans (Automobile race)
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?objectKey=159020
  • Object Name: Racing car
  • Object ID: 71.83.1
  • Image ID: THF90733
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.


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