January 17, 2019 KahnMedia


The prototype of this limited-edition Gulf Livery MkI GT40 honoring the 50th Anniversary of the vehicle’s dominating victories at Le Mans is on-hand in the Superformance display at the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona through January 20, 2019

Scottsdale, Ariz. (January 2019) – Superformance, the leading manufacturer of 1960s era continuation sports cars has announced the release of 50 limited edition Gulf Racing GT40 MkI cars at the Barrett Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. These special edition GT40s will be exact replicas of the 1968/1969 Le Mans-winning car, chassis number 1075. The optional “Tool Room Reconfiguration” package includes many extras such as a matching guitar.

The limited-edition Gulf Racing GT40 is a recreation of the famous GT40 MkI that beat the world’s best sports cars in both the 1968 and 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans races. The GT40 has won more prestigious racing events than nearly any other road racing car in history and now enthusiasts and collectors can own a piece of racing history with the limited release of the legendary Gulf Racing GT40 MkI by Superformance.

“The GT40 dominated Le Mans, winning it overall for an incredible four consecutive years,” said Lance Stander, CEO of Superformance. “No other American carmaker has come close to that amazing achievement. The same exact car, chassis number 1075, won both the 1968 and 1969 races. Both years, 1075 carried the iconic Gulf Racing livery all the way to the winner’s circle. Our Gulf Racing 50th Anniversary GT40 honors all four years of 1075’s racing history, making each one an instant collectible.”

The “Tool Room Reconfiguration” option package includes everything from period-correct Lexan windows to the 1969-style dash, racing tanks, coolers, racing equipment and graphics. The package also includes a VIN number-matching Gulf Racing Series guitar. The guitar has former Gulf Racing Chief Engineer and “Deputy in Charge” John Horsman’s signature and Gulf logo reflecting the actual Gulf Racing Team who won Le Mans in 1968 and 1969. The guitars are a genuine GT40 licensed product designed by Safir GT40 Spares with production of the guitars by Hoodoo Musical Instruments.

Superformance GT40 continuation cars are as true to the originals as you can get. The Superformance engineers paid such close attention to detail when designing the car that over 90 percent of the vehicle’s parts are interchangeable with an original car and chassis. Using an exact replica of the original monocoque unibody chassis, it’s stiffer than any other chassis on the market and is made up of over 244 laser-cut or bent and pressed parts. Superformance GT40 MkI vehicles have optional modern luxuries and safety features including air conditioning, Wilwood disc brakes, Bilstein shocks with H & R springs, an adjustable pedal box and front glass side windows with vents making it just as comfortable on the street as it is on the track.

All Gulf Racing 50th Anniversary GT40s will come with special edition collectability documentation and are backed by Mr. John Horsman and coordinated by John Sadler of Safir GT40 Spares, holder of the GT40 trademark. The recommended power source is a 1969-spec 302 Ford engine with Gurney Westlake heads, but owners have the option to fit a Ford-based 289 or 351W small block.

Superformance is now taking orders for the Gulf Racing 50th Anniversary GT40 MkI. The Gulf Racing 50th Anniversary GT40 roller will start at $179,995 and the “Tool Room Reconfiguration” edition starts at $209,900. For more information on Superformance, the 50th Anniversary GT40 and its full line of continuation vehicles, visit www.Superformance.com or call (800) 297-6253.

Superformance LLC is a distributor for complete, “rolling chassis” replica and continuation race cars of the 1960’s. Superformance has distributed specially constructed cars in the United States for over 20 years. As one of the first players in the industry, Superformance has over 20 independent dealerships throughout the world.  We have earned our reputation with our attention to detail, quality, craftsmanship, fit, finish and customer service. Superformance LLC has a long standing relationship and build contract with Hi-Tech Automotive who is the world’s largest specialty car production facility. Together Superformance and Hi-Tech have produced and distributed more than 4000 rolling chassis worldwide.

Safir GT40 Spares, Limited, is the official GT40 trademark holder and is dedicated to accutate GT40 history. Safir GT40 Spares, Limited was established in 1999 by Brady Pack, John Sadler and Bob Wood to provide spare parted and technical assistance to all GT40 owners, in particular the Mk V version. Following the completion of the 40th and final GT40 Mk V, serial number GT40-P-1145, the remaining parts, body bolds, casting patterns and manufacturing drawings were shipped from Byfleet, England to the Safir GT40 Spares offices in Milford, Ohio USA.