Yeah I feel like this is where Ford kinda screwed themselves or at least no matter what they do they won't please everyone. I think if they altered the font on the side stripes or changed the GT350 badge while calling it a Heritage Edition, I some would be upset still and it definitely would drive up the cost to manufacture the extra pieces causing people to bitch about how its not affordable. Nostalgia is really weird and everyone has their view of it.Well, it is the "Heritage" edition. What else could they do? I mean wimbleton white, guardsman blue can only go so far/
That’s a real first world problem you’ve got there.This was brought to my attention listening to Matt Farah's The Smoking Tire podcast today and it's ruined the heritage edition for me.
First, I totally understand the point of the GT350 Heritage Edition. I honestly wish this is what they had built with the limited run of 50th anniversary 2015 cars, but alas we're not celebrating the 55th anniversary I suppose. I love the Wimbeldon White paint with the Guards Blue stripes and the heritage feel of that color combination.
However, I not can't unsee the following. In Ford's infinite wisdom they chose to not only exactly copy the color of the original GT350 package, but also elected to retain the font used on the decals from 1965. This might be forgivable, but the original 1965 GT350's didn't also have a fender badge 12" away saying the exact same thing in a separate font.
This is why I've never liked the aftermarket lower stripes I see people put on their cars as the duplicate badging in separate fonts looks terrible, it just hadn't dawned on me until today that Ford did this straight from the factory. They should have either replaced the fender badge with the GT500 snake emblem or updated and modernized the stripe font to match the existing badge font.
For those interested in Matt's take (and his complete and utter praise of the GT350R as a vehicle outside of this one decision) the audio/video starts here at 21:23 and runs until 28 minutes in.
The first picture has some pretty basic steel wheels on the car. I am glad they upgraded them for the second picture...History repeating itself...
Interesting that 5S003, the original street prototype and very first GT350 built, also had a fender emblem in addition to the rocker stripe, it that case the fonts matched. Part of the original graphics designed by Pete Brock. It was never used on any other prototype or production car, most likely because they thought it looked goofy.