Performance is Our Business: 1966 Ford GT40 MkII by Shelby Collectibles
We all know the story. The one that commanded so much respect from every corner of the racing world, and even some outside of it. So much so that we have a blockbuster film on the way starring big stars like Christian Bale and Matt Damon. The story of how Ford beat Ferrari and gave us one of the greatest, if not the greatest race cars of all time, let alone the greatest Ford ever built: the MkII GT40.
I know I won't be the first nor the last to post up their GT40 MKII or 330 P4, but I knew I had to jump into the festivities considering Ford v. Ferrari (or Le Mans '66 for our non-American guests) is releasing today. I didn't have any Ford 1/18s in my collection as it was, and seeing as I've been keen on expanding my race car collection, I knew it was time. So, I settled on this Shelby Collectibles model for $60 from DiecastModelsWholesale.
This is not my first rodeo with Shelby Collectibles. Earlier this year I had the privilege of sourcing a SC School Bus Yellow 1/18 2013 Boss 302 Mustang for fellow DriveTriber Camilo Restrepo, the photos of which I will upload here soon. I was initially surprised by the overall quality and detailing of the model, which was extremely well done for the price. So, I definitely had high hopes for this GT40, and it definitely delivers.
Everything about the original car is represented in such perfection for a 1/18 scale car. It has so much presence and class, which only adds to its value in my eyes. This has to be one of my most favorite models I've had the privilege of photographing, because every single angle oozes old-school beauty, just as the real article would.
Just one look at the gorgeous, robust 427 V8 and I can almost hear it roar to life.
The addition of the accurate spare tire access has to be my favorite feature of this model.
Having this car has only built my hype up for Ford v Ferrari further, and I'm glad to say its legend will live long after the movie has come and gone, at least within my collection. It's no AutoArt, but I believe, for the price, this might just be one of the best bargains out there in terms of classic race cars in 1/18 scales. If you're interested, I'd highly recommend it, they have multiple different liveries as well as a pure chrome variant out there, all around the $60 range if you know where to look.
All in all, I'd have to say, for a model that carries Carroll Shelby's name in more ways than one, I think the legend would be pretty proud.