As part of the Ford Motor Company centennial celebration, Ford debuted the retro-styled GT. A modern homage to Ford’s racing heritage, the car celebrated the highly successful GT40 program of the 1960s, which won Le Mans an impressive four consecutive times. Exceedingly popular since its debut, the GT went into production for the 2005 and 2006 model years, during which time just 4,033 examples were produced.
In addition to the stunning design, the Ford GT featured impressive performance, the likes of which hadn’t been seen from a production car built in Detroit. Powered by a 5.4-liter DOHC V-8 engine featuring a Lysholm twin-screw supercharger, the GT is rated at 550 hp and 500 foot-pounds of torque. The engine is paired to Ricardo six-speed manual transmission featuring a helical limited-slip differential. This driveline allows the Ford GT to achieve a 205 mph top speed and 0–60 time of 3.3 seconds. These extraordinary performance figures put the car in competition with other supercars of the time, such as the Porsche’s Carrera GT and the Mercedes-McLaren SLR.
This 2006 Ford GT is a one-owner example with the odometer displaying only 10.8 miles. The car is presented in Centennial White with Blue racing stripes and an Ebony leather interior. Outfitted with three options, the car features full racing stripes, painted brake calipers, and forged alloy BBS wheels. A true time capsule, this GT retains the delivery seat covers, stickers, tags, and even the original dealer delivery floor mat. Included with the car are also two sets of keys, the owner’s manuals, window sticker, Bill of Sale, air compressor, as well as a car cover. A rare car to begin with, Ford produced only 2,011 examples in 2006; of those, only 222 were delivered in Centennial White.
Recently serviced by Ford, the work included an oil change and the replacement of the driver side airbag, the latter of which was in response to the model-wide recall by Ford.
Commanding a premium since its release, the GT has remained highly sought after on the second-hand market. It has the distinct honor of being one of few cars to have never dropped in value below its original MSRP – a true testament to its stunning design, extraordinary performance, and outstanding collectability among enthusiasts. This car is without a doubt one of the finest low-mileage GTs in existence and an exceptional example of Ford’s “pace car for an entire company.”
This Ford GT will be offered at RM Auctions’ Fort Lauderdale auction this 6-7 April. Previously held under the Auctions America banner, the 2017 Fort Lauderdale sale generated an impressive $17.3 million total with bidders hailing from nearly all 50 states and 11 countries around the world. The sale was topped by a beautifully restored 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster at $1,200,000, as well as the noted JLG Autocrib Collection, a group of 26 influential Porsche models offered without reserve.
RM Auctions’ 2018 Fort Lauderdale auction, the 16th annual event, will see approximately 300 quality collector cars cross the podium during a two-day sale, ranging from American classics to European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and modern collectibles.