2006 Ford GTSOLD

2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition

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$350,000 - $400,000

The Ford GT only comes in one model; it's a two-door, two-seat, tempered execution of the purpose-built racecar that first won the 24 Hour of LeMans endurance classic in 1966 with Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon leading a 1-2-3 Ford sweep of the victory rostrum. Following the GT90 concept of 1995, Ford unveiled the GT in 2002, to celebrate the Blue Oval's upcoming centennial, and left no doubt as to its dazzling heritage. Inspired by the all-conquering GT40 racecars that beat Ferrari at LeMans and won the famed 24-hour race four years in a row, the new GT was much more than a mere design resemblance. It was a supercar the likes of which Detroit had never before produced, capable of lightning-fast sprints to 60-mph in well under four seconds, yet tremendously competent in every other discipline; cornering and braking included. On top speed alone, it surpassed even the Porsche Carrera GT and Mercedes-McLaren SLR. It was even setting new lap records on the Nürburgring's Nordschleife, faster even than many of the highly-developed cars from Porsche. The blue and orange livery worn by the cars of the John Wyer racing teams of the 1960s and 70s is one of the most widely respected and recognized in the world of motorsports. Back-to-back wins at the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1968 (driven by Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi) and 1969 (with Jackie Ickx and Jackie Oliver), contributed mightily to the reputation of both the car and the Englishman Wyer; he was known as Death Ray for his famous glare, his impeccably run team, and was a force in international racing for decades managing the factory teams for Aston Martin, Ford and Porsche. In 2006 Ford added a special limited-edition Heritage' paint scheme to the exclusive GT that recalled that famous JW Automotive/Gulf Oil livery of the LeMans-winning GT40, the Heritage Edition Ford GT. This striking machine is finished in Heritage Blue with Epic Orange stripes and White roundels, and displays the number 6 in honor of the number carried on the 1969 Ickx/Oliver LeMans car, which was the last victory at Le Sarthe for the legendary GT40. Power comes from a supercharged 5.4-liter DOHC V-8 producing 550 brake horsepower and a throaty, muscular exhaust note. This is matched with a Ricardo six-speed manual transaxle featuring a helical limited-slip differential. The engine also has a dry-sump oil system. The brakes are four-piston aluminum Brembo calipers with cross-drilled and vented rotors at all four corners. With great visual effect, when the rear canopy is opened, the rear suspension components and engine are evident and impressive. Featuring space-age construction technologies, the GT was produced in four distinct stages, with initial assembly at Norwalk, Ohio's Mayflower Vehicle Systems, paint by Saleen at the Saleen Special Vehicles facility in Troy, Michigan, engine assembly at Ford's Romeo, Michigan engine plant, followed by engine and transmission installation, plus interior finishing, at Ford's Wixom, Michigan plant. Interestingly, the Ford GT was the last vehicle project at Wixom. Standing only 44.25-inches in height, the Ford GT features many distinctive technologies, including formed frame, aluminum body panels, roll-bonded floor panels, a friction stir welded center tunnel, a "ship-in-a-bottle" gas tank, a cap-less fuel filler system, one-piece door panels and an aluminum engine cover with a one-piece carbon-fiber inner panel. Standard safety equipment includes frontal airbags, antilock brakes and a tire inflation kit in lieu of a spare tire. This Heritage Ford GT is one of 343 produced. With duteous ownership from new and approximately 5,500 miles driven, this remarkable Ford GT is beautifully presented and a driving sensation that needs to be experienced. Only four options were factory-available and this car exhibits the $5,000 painted stripes and the $3,500 lightweight BBS forged-aluminum wheels. The car is well-appointed from the factory with air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, CD player, rear window defogger, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear spoilers; power windows, mirrors and door locks. Only 4,038 total examples were produced, with approximately 550, 1,900, and 1,600 built during 2004, 2005, and 2006, respectively. Demand outstripped supply, with early cars selling for substantial premiums over the MSRP. No doubt to the delight of Henry Ford II, Enzo Ferrari's arch-rival during the 1960s, the Ford GT remains more than capable of running with its competition from Maranello.

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as of 9/5/2014

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