Those classic Shelby race cars in 'Ford v Ferrari' aren't what they seem

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Johnson said the filmmakers leased, bought or borrowed 423 vehicles, 50 of them race cars -- not just GT40s and Cobras, but Ferraris, Porsches, Mustangs, Corvette Stingrays, Triumphs and even a Volvo. Many of these had to appear in actual race sequences, running at grueling speeds, for extended periods.

"Because of the performance and stunt requirements for the vehicles in filming, nothing precious could be used," Johnson said. "We needed cars that could go 200 miles per hour, without crapping out, for days on end."

Stander's companies leased the filmmakers six Cobras and two GT40s, Stander said, as well as two Daytonas and six Mustangs. Many of the other race vehicles came from Race Car Replicas in Michigan, Johnson said.

Johnson said the RCR cars are very good replicas, but the South African-made SLC continuation cars were exact reproductions, down to such details as period-correct nuts, bolts and welds that wouldn't be visible even in the closest close-ups filmed during "hero" sequences featuring stars Damon or Bale behind the wheel.

But RCR was able to supply a broader array of vehicles, Johnson said, including vintage Ferraris and Porsches. Additional vehicles came from Sun Valley's Ghostlight.

"Ford v Ferrari" may provide a small boost to the value of the Shelby continuation cars and the originals, said Hagerty's Wiley.


"There is a lot of interest in the movie among car enthusiasts, and screen time increases awareness of the cars," he said.

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