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  • The sixth Ford GT built after first five delivered to Ford VIPs
  • Only 200 miles from new
  • Liquid Red with white-accented black ‘Re-Entry’ interior
  • From the collection of  senior Ford executive
 

2017 Ford GT 'Car Number Six'

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:

“This 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.

“But 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

Like 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.

First 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.

With 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.

Production 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

In 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.

The Ford GT Order Confirmation dated 4 August 2016 detailed the commission as follows:

• Exterior colour, Liquid Red (cost option)

• No stripes (no-cost option)

• Wheels, 20in forged aluminium black gloss with black nuts (cost option)

• 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)

The car was completed in early 2017 and since then has covered just 200 miles.

Coming 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.

 

 
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