GT40 Find at Ford Archives Is the Ultimate Throwback

If you’re ever fortunate enough to get an invite to visit the Ford Motor Company Archives, drop whatever you’re doing and go. Just go.

And be prepared to don a pair of white gloves.

The climate-controlled bunker in Dearborn, Mich., includes some 16,000 cubic feet of paper, more than 1 million photos and who knows how many films and historical videos.

Recently, the Ford archives added a donation of images and documents from the original Ford GT40 program from the mid-1960s. Thanks to the donation of retired Ford engineer Don Eichstaedt, the facility now has a few more diagrams and test results to index and file.

“They were a treasure trove of documents and filled some critical gaps in our holdings,” said Ford Motor Co. archivist Ted Ryan on the Ford Performance website.

Those items included an official Testing and Development Booklet from the GT and Sports Car Project for the Advanced Vehicles Division.

“While the story of the initial test run at Le Mans has been told many times, this booklet gives first person accounts and documents each of the trial runs of the GT,” Ryan says. “Via the project summary of the beginning of the booklet, we can track the development and refinement of the cars throughout 1964.”

Other items in the GT40 donation include incredibly detailed parts lists from the street version of the race car that turned the racing wold upside down with consecutive wins from 1966-69 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

If you’re into car history and the GT40 in particular, check out some of the incredible diagrams and documents from the find over at the Ford Performance website.

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