The Ford GT40 introduced America to Le Mans when Henry Ford II set his sights to defeat Ferrari in competition and redefine Ford’s image as a performance brand. Development began in October 1963 with the plan of testing for Le Mans 1964 and taking the first GT40 to victory in 1965. The first prototype set a top time at Le Mans, but failed to finish any race of the season. Its first victory came in 1965 at Daytona, but it was evident to the engineers that the 289 cu in V-8 engine was insufficient to be the dominating force that Henry Ford II had envisioned. Engineers returned to the drawing board and with cost being no object, the Mark II featured a powerful 427 cu in V-8 shoehorned into the chassis, which lead to Ford taking first, second, and third place on the podium at Le Mans over the Ferrari P-3s.
In 2005, Ford introduced the Ford GT to pay homage to the legendary GT40s which brought Ford to victory at Le Mans four decades earlier. Detroit’s rear-engined, rear wheel drive production supercar followed the GT40’s distinctive styling and boasted incredible performance to match which rivaled Germany’s highest performing supercars offered at the same time. Since its release the Ford GT has been highly sought after by discerning collectors, and commands a considerable premium to this day, notably it is one of the few modern cars to actually never have dropped in value below the original selling price.
RM Sotheby’s is proud to offer the rare opportunity to own a virtually as-new example of this venerable supercar with only 11 miles on the odometer, one of only 327 finished in Red with white stripes and configured with all four options offered from the manufacturer.
Click ahead to explore the details of the 2006 Ford GT offered through RM Sotheby’s online auction.