I'm not buying this "heritage" concept. I don't think anybody cares how long something has been around...it has to be cool and/or high quality.
I bring forth the VW Beetle, Saab and the RX-7 for thought...all cars with a long heritage. Mazda even won the 24 Hour Lemans in 1991 with a rotary engine (the engine was promptly banned: the authorities scared nobody would/could race if such a bizarre engine could beat a piston engine...but I digress). Nobody cares much about those cars.
The Ford GT40 represents "Winner Take All". A car that beat Ferrari, every race and swept each race for years. If you were driving a Ferrari in those years YOU DID NOT HAVE A CHANCE. I'll repeat that: If you were driving anything other than a GT40, you were *going to lose* and you knew it.
Now, taking heritage into account, give it all the weight you want. It is 1968, you a driver in the 24 Hour Le Mans and you want to win....which car did you want to drive? A Ferrari that has decades of "winning heritage" or some sort of barbarian upstart called a "GT40"?
The only reason the GT40 was sold in Ford dealerships was to comply with racing rules. Which makes it more even incredible: street legal; drive to race and drive home. Awesome! Henry Ford wrote the check to beat Ferrari at any cost.
Now it is too bad that it took 40 years for Ford to remake a equal competitor to the Ferrari and Porsche.
And FWIW: Leno bought his at list price for auctioning off #11 for charity. He got #12. The first 1-10 went to the "Ford Family".
Like I said: there is room for one in my garage. I'm waiting for them to come down to MSRP. Maybe never? Then I'll get one of these CAV GT40
; Even the Japanese want to be associated with winning American cars.
I seriously considered buying an original, but three things: the car makes an awful daily driver, the mild steel monocoque will simply melt in the ocean air and if I damage it: I've damaged history. So a modern GT40 or an accurate reproduction will suit me fine. The reproduction will be "vintage raced" since there really isn't much use for it....doubtful the wife will want to drive around in it with me.
The NSX will always remain my daily driver. I really doubt the GT is anywhere as good as the NSX.
/Who dreamed about owning a GT40 he was ten. I built my life around trying to make enough money to buy a GT40....with one rule: I'm only allowed to spend a small percentage of my liquid value on a car. Every day for 25 years I made almost every decison on "Does this get me closer to a GT40?".
BTW: It took Leno 40 years to buy a GT40.