Back in 1966, the Ford GT40 beat Ferrari and took the top three positions in the Le Mans 24 Hours race. Needless to say, it was an embarrassing day for Italy, and a humbling one for every European automaker who had yet to recognize the legitimacy of American muscle.
Now 50 years later, an original GT40 is one of the most sought-after cars by enthusiasts with a few million dollars to spend. For the rest of us, there’s California-based Superformance, a company that’s producing a retooled continuation of the original that’s constructed with 80 percent of the same parts, getting you closer to the look and feel of the real thing than anyone else. And they’re doing it for a modest—well, relatively modest—price tag that starts around $110,000.
Superformance offers a complete factory-assembled rolling chassis with independent front and rear suspension, and the cars are available in right- or left-hand drive, per your country’s standards. The V8 engine can put out about 500 horsepower, which leaves you glued to your seat as you race off the line and hit 60 miles per hour in just three seconds. So be sure to keep your wits about you.
And while these GT40s remain period-specific and as true to the originals as possible, they’ve still got the option to accommodate some modern comforts, like air conditioning. Although, if you’re hitting 60 miles per hour in just three seconds, rolling down your windows should suffice.