To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, 2016.
Chassis No. 1FAFP90S66Y401841
Estimate: $375,000 - $400,000 US
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 brilliant heritage. Inspired by the all-conquering GT40 racecars that beat Ferrari at Le Mans and won the famed 24-hour race four years in a row, the new GT was much more than a mere design resemblance.
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 Le Mans 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 Le Mans-winning GT40, the “Heritage Edition” Ford GT. This striking machine is finished in Heritage Blue with Epic Orange stripes and honors this successful period in their rich racing history. It is reported that Ford produced 343 Heritage Editions in 2006.
This car is reported as an original 2006 Ford GT that has been professionally converted to a track day car. The following modifications have been made to the car; Penske Race Suspension system and stiffeners, racing-type four-wheel disc brake system, performance pulley on the supercharger, performance tune on the engine, lightweight race interior, racing exhaust system, full rollcage, plus radio and transponder. The car was purchase new by a dealer in Seattle and professionally converted to the track car you see here, at a cost of $180,000, with very low miles shown at the time.
The car had very limited use from 2006 to 2009 and was in storage from 2009 until 2014 when it was sold by the original owner; so we are told. The car is not fitted with a conventional odometer. The owner estimates the miles at less than 2,500. Again, we emphasize the car is an original Heritage GT, which usually sell at a premium, and that the additional conversion expense is an added value rarely seen. The race track almost seems to be the perfect venue for such a machine; perhaps similar to one that runs through a quiet French countryside. 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition Racecar