The Ford GT40 got its name from being 40 inches tall. After seeing Ford GT40 Mark I’s and II’s in person, I can tell you that they are tiny. Like, really tiny. As in the least amount of car possible to handle a 7 liter V-8. Now when I put this Mark IV model next to another 1/18 diecast, the Mark IV looks tiny. At first I thought Shelby Collectibles may have gotten the scale slightly wrong. But if the Mark IV is anything like its brothers, it is nothing more than a V-8 powered go-kart as well (except the IV has longer body work).
So this is the 1/18 1967 Ford GT40 Mark IV from Shelby Collectibles that my girlfriend bought for me at Carlisle. It is not the cheapest diecast but it is certainly not the most expensive either and the detail reflects this. Some elements are amazing for the price while some others are head scratchers. It is a beautiful model but the clamshell front and back panels do not close 100% correctly, leaving small but visible and inconsistent gaps in the body work.
Detail within the model is fairly good, although the headers just sort of arbitrarily intersect into somewhat of a globby mess. The rear wheels are on a straight axle so the rear “suspension” is completely for display. The front wheels point inward somewhat. And there is not a lot to see inside the cabin. Honestly though, I hate picking on this model because it is gorgeous and it captures the overall shape and function of the car very well.
One detail that is very cool about this car is the wheels. The Halibrands with the knock offs, the Goodyear logo with the stripe around the tire, these wheels and tires would make anything look instantly cooler.
I hope you enjoyed this review. I would recommend the Mark IV from Shelby Collectibles, it is a good model for the money. For 1/18 and above, your other options for a Mark IV get much more expensive, if I am not mistaken.