Any racing fan nut, automotive enthusiast or classic car nut worth his driving mocs knows the story of the Ford GT40. In the early 1960s Ferrari was on a six-time winning streak at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That’s when Henry Ford II initiated proceedings to take over the Maranello sportscar-maker and racing team.
As the story goes, though, the notoriously intractable Enzo Ferrari didn’t like the terms and canceled the deal at the 11th hour. Ford was left holding his hat and out of spite commissioned the GT40 with the explicit aim of knocking his Italian counterpart off his high (prancing) horse. The result was that, with the GT40, Ford won Le Mans four times in a row.
Now the Ferrari 250 GTO wasn’t one of the cars that won at Le Mans during Ferrari’s six-year reign. It was busy winning other categories during the same period. But that’s alright, because the car in the video after the jump isn’t a real GTO anyway. It is a real Ferrari, though: a 365 GTB/4 Daytona rebodied to look like a GTO. And it’s not facing off against a GT40 either – that’s actually the modern tribute, the 2005 Ford GT.
Do either of those facts mitigate the sight of seeing these cars take to the mountain roads outside Malibu, California? Hardly. But don’t take our word for it, follow the jump to watch the video for yourself and see Matt Farrah of The Smoking Tire take the joyride of his life.