Because chrome is my favorite silver.
My collection always had a GT40 shaped hole in it, but I really can’t explain why. I think it was because I never wanted to shell out big money for an Exoto, but also wanted something more than the old Jouef models. The Shelby Collectibles cars were a viable option, but how do you choose one MkII over the other? Do I get the black LeMans winner? But the red with white stripes looks so good! The sky blue #1?
Well Shelby Collectibles made things a little easier for me when they released a limited edition run of 500 chrome GT40's. Now normally I find chrome paint jobs/wraps played out, but it just works so well on a car like the GT40! I convinced my mother in law to get it for me for Christmas and I’ve been saving it for Car Week ever since.
I’ve got another chrome car, my GMP Buick GNX, and I had the same challenges shooting this car that I did with the Buick. Unless you’re in an all white, vacuum-sealed room, you’re going to get reflections. And fingerprints. And dust.
I outsmarted myself during the GT40's shoot because I thought it was a good idea to handle the car with a tissue. I spent way to much time editing out lint instead of finger prints...
The GT40 is one of those models that NEEDS opening parts. GT Spirit’s white model looks stunning, but you miss out on the clamshell front, the doors with the roof cutouts, and the giant rear hatch opening to show off that glorious 427 Ford V8.
This model has a few other surprises too, like real mesh vents on the rear panel. The rivets on the windows, the lettering on the tires, even the clear glass lenses are all well done.
Now I must admit, the MKI is my favorite. I find the huge vents and duct work on the MKII to be obnoxious. However, I’d pick this one over the MKIII and the J-Car.
Still, this GT40 is a very awesome model. Its already one of my most cherished pieces. The limited run and, obviously, special paint make this really a unique model to have.
I still might have to get a MKI...