Built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ford Motor Company, the GT has been a heavily sought-after modern classic ever since the first model rolled off the production line in 2004. The vehicle’s design is a modern homage to the immensely successful GT40 that achieved four consecutive Le Mans victories from 1966 to 1969. Sharing nearly every crease and line, the modern GT was made to invoke grand images of Ford’s most triumphant moment for any gearhead in the know. Just like the original Le Mans race car, the new model had to be a world-beater, but most importantly, it had to best the boys from Maranello.
Maintaining the spirit of the original GT, the contemporary interpretation was powered by Ford’s all-aluminum 5.4-liter Modular V-8. The 32-valve cylinder heads from the Mustang SVT Cobra R were modified with a thicker wall casting in the exhaust port, and a new camshaft provided increased lift and duration. On top sits a Lysholm twin-screw supercharger feeding a maximum 11.7 psi of boost into the engine. From the factory, power is rated at 550 hp and 500 foot-pounds of torque. Four piston aluminum Brembo calipers with cross-drilled and ventilated rotors on all four wheels made sure to bring the vehicle to a rapid stop from any speed. Most impressively, a top speed of 205 mph and a 0–60 time of 3.3 seconds place the GT in closer competition to the Porsche Carrera GT and Mercedes-McLaren SLR rather than the benchmarked Ferrari 360.
The example offered here was ordered in Mark II Black with full body stripes, one of just 182 so-specified in 2006, and has three factory options: the aforementioned racing stripes, forged BBS wheels, and upgraded McIntosh stereo. It was originally shipped to Downtown Ford of Louisville, however, upon arriving at the dealership, the individual who ordered the car declined to take delivery. The GT was purchased by a prominent local Ford collector, with whose family it has now remained since new. The owner notes that it has been driven on average twice a month, and only in the best of weather. It was also displayed at a couple of local shows over the years, including the Louisville Concours d’Elegance at Churchill Downs in 2009. Today it records fewer than 3,800 actual miles and remains in superlative overall condition.
$250,000 – $300,000
Offered without reserve
RM | Auctions – AUBURN SPRING 2018 – Offered on: Saturday, May 12, 2018