In the weeks leading up to the 1966 Le Mans 24
Hours, Henry Ford II, ‘The Deuce’ handed top Ford Division executive Don Frey a
blue, ‘From Henry Ford II’ card with a simple message:
“You better win.” It was signed ‘Henry’ – and he
wasn’t joking. At the famous French race that June, Ford GT 40 Mk IIs
finished 1-2-3. Mission accomplished.
Fifty years on, Ford returned to Le Mans with a new
Ford GT that won its class and in May 2017 Aaron Robinson of Car and Driver
was one of the first journalists to experience the road version:
is a car built on sentimentality. Sure, there were other reasons for the GT,
such as creating a technology test bed and taking Ford’s brand onto the
international racing circuit to be enhanced by its reflected glitz.
ultimately, a family with serious resources just thought a class win at Le Mans
on the 50th anniversary of Ferrari’s famous drubbing would be cool. And with a
lot of sweat, a few tears, and a dash of luck, their people made it possible.
All of that is embedded in this car. The experience is singular.”
The Ford GT
its illustrious forbears, the 2017 Ford GT was built by the Blue Oval in part
to showcase American ‘can-do’ resourcefulness and technical capability, but
principally to celebrate its legendary win at Le Mans in 1966 and be a ‘halo’
model for the brand.
seen in the flesh at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the Ford
GT packed a 3.5-litre, twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 under its carbonfibre body
panels. At 647bhp, the car not only had one of the highest specific power
outputs of any road car of the time, with a lightweight carbonfibre monocoque
bolted to aluminium front and rear subframes it boasted a power to weight ratio
of 440bhp per ton. Enough performance to cover the 0-60mph sprint in just 3.2
seconds. Top speed was 217mph.
pushrod suspension, active aerodynamics and even a windscreen made of Gorilla
Glass – Corning’s super-strong chemically strengthened glass developed for
smartphone screens – the Ford GT was a technological masterpiece. The car was
built at Ford’s low-volume facility at Multimatic, the Canadian high-tech
corporation that made Aston Martin’s One-77 and Vulcan.
started in December 2016 with first-year deliveries allocated to the Ford
family, significant clients with strong links to the marque and senior staff,
such as our client.
This Motor Car
a high position within the Ford empire, our client was offered an early build
slot for his own Ford GT. After delivering five cars to the highest Ford execs
and members of the Ford family, the company allocated him car number six.
Ford GT Order Confirmation dated 4 August 2016 detailed the commission as
• Exterior colour, Liquid Red (cost option)
• No stripes (no-cost option)
• Wheels, 20in forged aluminium black gloss with black nuts (cost
• Exterior, exposed carbonfibre gloss finish (cost option)
• Interior theme, ‘Re-Entry’ Ebony/White leather seats; embossed
Alcantara inserts; matt Beryllium IP/seat x-brace finishers; Ebony/White
IP pillars and headliner; matt carbon registers, door sills and centre
console (cost option)
car was completed in early 2017 and since then has covered just 200 miles.
direct from one of the top Ford executives that oversaw its genesis, this is a
rare opportunity to own one of today’s most charismatic supercars in box-fresh
condition with an almost unique backstory.