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he arrival of the 2015 Shelby

American Annual prompted

SAAC member and noted automotive

artist Richard Soules to look through

his filing cabinet to see what he had

on another one of his projects, the No-

vember, 1967 cover cutaway of Ford’s

G7-A dihedral-wing Can-Am car. He

said he was actively following the de-

velopment of the new Ford GT super-

car and the upcoming 50th

anniversary of the LeMans victory in

1966. We’ll let him pick up the story

from here.

In August of 1967 I was commis-

sioned to do cover art for Car and Dri-

ver’s November 1967 issue. In those

days the magazine had to be prepared

two months prior to publication. The

subject was the Ford G7-A Can-Am

race car. At the time the vehicle was in

the process of being built. Ford had

just won the 24 Hours of Lemans with

Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt driving an

all-American designed and built car.

Shortly after, the governing body

of international racing outlawed the

large cubic-inch engines, which meant

the Ford MK IVs were no longer qual-

ified. Ford then decided to adopt the

basic tub and setup of the MK IVs for

the Can-Am race series. These were

open cockpit race cars sometimes uti-

lizing a large wing in the rear which

provided extra downforce on the rear

wheels and thereby increasing the

gripping power of the tires.

Ford also had the novel idea of

splitting the rear wing in the middle

so that not only could the angle of the

angle be adjusted in front to rear but

also from level to an angle with dihe-

dral. The car was tested by Mario An-

dretti, who was also a driver in the se-

ries. The car did not develop as hoped

and was sold to a race team. It was

never raced.

I found my project to produce the

art fascinating. To start with, I had to

go to the shop that was building the

car to shoot photographs and get any


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Not every J-Car was a coupe


– Richard Soules & Rick Kopec

The evolution of a cutaway illustration.