When is a Ford GT40 not a Ford GT40? When it’s a Mercury. That’s right, a Mercury.
In the midst of Ford’s “Total Performance” racing dominance in the 1960s—highlighted by the legendary GT40’s 1-2-3 finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966—Ford Motor Company’s Lincoln-Mercury Division wanted a share of the spotlight to help promote its new Mercury Cougar. Since the primary goal of Total Performance was to draw customers to showrooms, FoMoCo obliged.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/10/04/fords-little-known-mercury-gt40s