Open Roads, April | Lot 300
2006 Ford GT
$425,000 USD | Asking
| Montreal, Quebec
21 - 29 April 2021
- An “in the wrapper” example
- Just 3.7 miles from new at time of cataloguing
- Three-option example finished in finished in Mark IV Red
- Accompanied by window sticker, owner’s manuals, air compressor, and car cover with Ford GT bag
As part of the Ford Motor Company centennial celebration, the company debuted the retro-styled GT. A modern homage to Ford’s racing heritage, the GT celebrated the highly successful GT40 program of the 1960s, which won Le Mans an impressive four consecutive years from 1966 to 1969. Exceedingly popular since its debut, the GT went into production for the 2005 and 2006 model years, during which time only 4,033 examples were built.
In addition to the stunning design, the Ford GT featured impressive performance, the likes of which had not been seen from a production car built in Detroit. Powered by a 5.4-liter DOHC V-8 engine and equipped with a Lysholm twin-screw supercharger, the GT is rated at 550 hp and 500 foot-pounds of torque. The engine is paired to Ricardo six-speed manual transmission featuring a helical limited-slip differential. This driveline allows the Ford GT to achieve a 205-mph top speed and 0–60 sprint of 3.3 seconds. These extraordinary performance figures put the car in competition with other supercars of the time, such as the Porsche Carrera GT and the Mercedes-McLaren SLR. For the final model year, 2006, Ford introduced a limited production Heritage edition. Finished in Heritage Blue with Epic Orange stripes, the cars featured four white roundels to which the owner could add a number of their liking. The rare livery was inspired by the double-Le Mans–winning GT40 of 1968 and 1969 which famously featured Gulf Oil sponsorship.
This 2006 Ford GT is finished in Mark IV Red with painted racing stripes, red painted calipers, and lightweight forged alloy BBS wheels. A Canadian delivery example, the Ebony leather interior is equipped with the standard radio. The GT is best described as an “in the wrapper” example, having covered just 3.7 miles from new at time of cataloguing. It still features its delivery steering wheel wrapper, plastic seat covers, and delivery tags. Included with the car is the window sticker, owner’s manuals, air compressor, and car cover with Ford GT bag.
A rare car to begin with, 2,011 GTs were produced for 2006; of those, only 327 were delivered in Red with full stripes. This three-option GT is a stunning example, one made a bit more special by the fact that it has covered so few miles.