The modelcars of the Ford GT40 after to the role models from the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1966 come back in our focus, because Shelby Collectibles delivered the superbly crafted miniatures in scale 1:18 again. But this in the so-called dirty version; so in the appearance that replicates the mixture of rubber abrasion, dust and humidity on the body. The 34th 24 Hour-Race of Le Mans - the 34e Grand Prix d'Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans - took place from June 18th to 19th, 1966, on the Circuit des 24 Heures. It was the template for the movie "Le Mans 66 - Ford v Ferrari" by director James Mangold, which was presented in August 2019 and which this blog has already reported on several times. And that's probably the reason why our company didn't sell any model more often in 2020 than the Ford GT40 in 1:43 and 1:18.
This news, published for the first time, comes just in time, because the dirty version of the modelcars makes it possible to understand why the sale was so successful: Not only because the two-time Oscar winner - “Le Mans 66” won an Oscar in 2020 for the best editing and best sound editing - Created the mood for the modelcars, but because they are really good and inexpensive miniatures. The models are built from diecast. One more look at it: perfectly matched proportions, absolutely harmonious lines and doors and hoods that can be opened. The V8 extensively reproduced; the interior made just as true to the original. The cars have been re-released three times: The winner with starting number 2, driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon for the Sheby American Inc. team with item number Shelby431 in black paint.
The GT40 Mk. II from Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson of the team Holman / Moody with the starting number 5 appear under item number Shelby430 in bronze color. Under Shelby432, the model of the test drive of the later winning car of Le Mans appeared: The GT40 Mk. II, which Shelby American Inc. used with Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby at the very first 24 Hours of Daytona on February 6th, 1966, to show the potential of the new vehicle: A victory was the reward for courage. The miniatures with the starting number 98 are available in white with a black front. Shelby Collectibles builds powerful models based on a fantastic role model that has become a legend. Will James Mangold or the actors Matt Damon and Christian Bale also have one at home? We do not know it! What we do know is that modelcars of this top quality can continue in 2021.