Ford GT | Pic of the Week

Ford GT | Pic of the Week

Sunday 1st September

Ford GT | Pic of the Week

Riviera Blue? Exposed tub? Carbon fibre wheels? And you've won the lottery?



RM Sotherby's Auburn Fall auction takes place this weekend, with the spotlight firmly on Americana. From a 1958 Pontiac Bonneville to a 1970 Mustang Boss 429, via a Ford-powered De Tomaso Mangusta and a whole slew of Corvettes, if American horsepower is your thing then a flick through their digital catalogue is far from the worst way you could spend 15 minutes today...

No matter the nostalgia attached to the other lots, though, the star of the sale is undoubtedly this 2017 Ford GT. With an estimate of $1.2-1.5m, the car is priced below the $1.8m which a similar example went for last year - but could still fetch up to four times its original $450,000 value. The difference between that sale and this one, however, is that with customer deliveries having kicked off in earnest in early 2017, those early owners are now starting to find themselves freed from Ford's mandatory two year minimum ownership term.

Which means that those Average Joes (with a spare couple of million lying around) not deemed worthy of receiving a car direct from the factory, can now find themselves behind the wheel of the 650hp Le Mans winner without incurring Dearborn's wrath. This car is particularly appealing, thanks in part to its custom $30,000 Riviera Blue paint scheme and $20,000 carbon fibre wheels. It also bears the serial number H040, in honour of its GT40 heritage, and is believed to be the only GT to have left the factory without an NVH panel on the rear bulkhead, leaving the carbon-fibre tub exposed. This was a track-focussed alternative, in line with the car's six-point harnesses and titanium wheel nuts, but was removed from the options list soon after production began.

Even with the cars now for sale on the open market, of course, we can't all own our dream Ford GT. We can get to look at one every day, though, thanks to this fantastic Pic of the Week!

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Image: Theodore W. Pieper for RM Auctions

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AMTony

Original Poster:

917 posts

112 months

Sunday 1st September
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Stunning car........just needs a V8

EyeHeartSpellin

100 posts

28 months

Sunday 1st September
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Dearborn? Surely PH just on a wind up now.

rigga

6,038 posts

146 months

Sunday 1st September
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EyeHeartSpellin said:
Dearborn? Surely PH just on a wind up now.
Ford America headquarters is in Dearborn is it not?

130R

6,010 posts

151 months

Sunday 1st September
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The catalogue has some far more interesting metal in it than this GT being flipped for a profit. Lots of lovely 1960's vintage stuff in particular.

I'll take that stunning 1967 Stingray 427 Coupe on page 132 ..

sidesauce

1,029 posts

163 months

Sunday 1st September
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AMTony said:
Stunning car........just needs a V8
Why?

soad

30,303 posts

121 months

Sunday 1st September
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sidesauce said:
AMTony said:
Stunning car........just needs a V8
Why?
Erm, sound?

tim milne

276 posts

178 months

Monday 2nd September
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Erm, that's not Riveria Blue

soad

30,303 posts

121 months

Monday 2nd September
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tim milne said:
Erm, that's not Riveria Blue
Silly money in any case.

Kubevoid

134 posts

1 month

Monday 2nd September
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Very futuristic and cool.

Although I'd opt for a mint previous version with the 750bhp supercharger upgrade and V8 music.

djone101

874 posts

229 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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tim milne said:
Erm, that's not Riveria Blue
The picture doesn't show the colour well - it definitely is Riviera Blue - I know the original owner and he specified the colour when he ordered it as he has a Riviera Blue Porsche which he loved. I believe they've made at least six more in that colour since. He didn't intend the car to go to auction but the guy he sold it to immediately consigned it to RM.