Ten Reasons to Love the Gulf Oil Livery

By Winding Road Staff

October 06, 2014


2008 Aston Martin DBR9


Porsche 917 K


The 2005 Ford GT concept with an original GT40 MK1.


Aston Martin DBR1 LMP1


McLaren F1 GTR Longtail


Mirage M6 Cosworth


A pair of Lamborghini Gallardo GT3s.


A Porsche 917 chases a Porsche 908.


2005 Porsche 911 Cup


A fleet of Gulf Oil livery'd Reliant Robins. Just because.

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Rumors of Ford’s development of a GT successor naturally got us thinking about the original GT40, which always looked particularly fetching dressed in the Gulf Oil livery. The livery made its debut in 1967, when the Gulf Oil Corporation’s vice president, Grady Davis, decided to enter his own GT40 as an independent entry at Daytona and Sebring. That same year Ford also decided to withdraw from sports car racing and Gulf Oil Corporation took over the sponsorship of the newly acquired GT40 race team.
Despite the fact that Gulf Oil stopped existing as a corporate entity in the early 1990s, the iconic livery has been applied to numerous vehicles in the subsequent years, and it looks fantastic on just about all of them. Here’s ten especially tasty examples that prove our point. Let us know what your favorite Gulf Oil livery cars are in the comments below.