A 2006 Ford GT Heritage with just 2.7 miles recorded on its speedometer will go under the hammer in April 2021 – the lowest mileage example in existence…
Following its success at Le Mans with an impressive four consecutive victories from 1966 to 1969, Ford’s GT40 needs little introduction. In fact, so popular was the illustrious racing thoroughbred, Ford decided to pay homage to its racing heritage by creating the retro-styled GT for the company’s centennial celebration.
The GT was produced between 2005 – 2006 with only 4,038 examples ever produced… this being the lowest with only 2.7 miles displayed on the stylish clock.
Make no mistake, this was a seriously quick machine and direct competition for the Mercedes-McLaren SLR and Porsche Carrera GT. Performance came in the shape of a mid-mounted 5.4-litre dual-overhead-cam V-8 power unit featuring a Lysholm twin-screw supercharger and dry-sump oiling system, delivering a thumping 550 horsepower and 500 foot-pounds of torque.
Couple that with a Ricardo six-speed manual transmission featuring a helical limited-slip differential and the ‘crows feet’ are beginning to iron themselves out as the car reaches its 205-mph top speed with a neck-breaking 0–60 in just 3.3 seconds.
This particular 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition is the Canadian-spec “three-option” car and features the desirable Gulf Oil–inspired Heritage racing livery, Gunmetal grey-painted brake calipers, and forged alloy BBS wheels and is said to be the best-preserved, lowest-mileage Ford GT examples extant.
Less than 350 of the GTs produced in 2006 were Heritage editions with only 50 of those destined for Canadian soil. all Canadian-spec GTs arrived with optional forged wheels, grey brake calipers and a regular sound system; there was no “stripe delete” option with the Heritage cars, either.
The incredible Ford GT has remained completely ‘as new’ and still has the factory protective wrapping for the steering wheel, driver’s seat, door sills and even the pre-delivery windshield stickers are still intact.
Thrown in with the deal is an original David Snyder oil painting of the famous 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning Gulf Oil-liveried Ford GT (which sported #9 during that race) commissioned by the consignor.
The car is being offered in RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island Sale on May 22, 2021.
Whilst there is no estimate yet, the Ford GT Heritage is likely to attract considerable attention from collectors around the world…
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