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Meet the car that annoyed Ford bosses and inspired the GT40

Classic & Sports Car Logo By Mick Walsh of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 26: This car inspired the Ford GT40

The Ferrari-beater you’ve probably never heard of

Ford’s GT40 is about as iconic as performance cars come. From winning Le Mans four times on the trot in the late-’60s to inspiring the acclaimed modern Ford GT, the V8-powered GT40 has surely cemented its place in sports car folklore.

But if it wasn’t for a plucky engineering outfit based in Huntingdon, England, the GT40 would never have been born at all. That's because it owes its existence to the Lola Mk6 – a British racing car built to the tune of three examples in the early-’60s, and one that changed the face of sports cars forever.

And the really good news? We were lucky enough to take one of them for a spin.

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