2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition
Lot No. 548
Auctioned on Saturday, March 15, 2014
Sold for $412,500
The blue and orange livery worn by the cars of the John Wyer racing teams of the 1960s and ‘70s is one of the most widely respected and recognized in the world of motorsports. Back-to-back wins at the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1968 (driven by Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi) and 1969 (with Jackie Ickx and Jackie Oliver), contributed mightily to the reputation of both the car and the Englishman Wyer; he was known as “Death Ray” for his famous glare, his impeccably run team, and was a force in international racing for decades managing the factory teams for Aston Martin, Ford and Porsche.
In 2006 Ford added a special limited-edition ‘Heritage’ paint scheme to the exclusive GT that recalled that famous JW Automotive/Gulf Oil livery of the LeMans-winning GT40, the “Heritage Edition” Ford GT. This striking machine is finished in Heritage Blue with Epic Orange stripes and White roundels, and displays the number “6” in honor of the number carried on the 1969 Ickx/Oliver LeMans car, which was the last victory at Le Sarthe for the legendary GT40.
Power comes from a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 with a six-speed gearbox, producing 550 brake horsepower and a throaty, muscular exhaust note. Featuring space-age construction technologies, the GT was produced in four distinct stages, with initial assembly at Norwalk, Ohio’s Mayflower Vehicle Systems, paint by Saleen at the Saleen Special Vehicles facility in Troy, Michigan, engine assembly at Ford’s Romeo, Michigan engine plant, followed by engine and transmission installation, plus interior finishing, at Ford’s Wixom, Michigan plant. Interestingly, the Ford GT was the last vehicle project at Wixom.
This “Heritage” Ford GT is one of 343 produced. With meticulous ownership from new and only 80 miles driven, this remarkable Ford GT is for all practical matters, a new car. It is factory-equipped with all four available options, including the $5,000 painted stripes, the $4,000 McIntosh CD stereo system, the $3,500 lightweight BBS forged-aluminum wheels, and the $750 color-matched Brembo brake calipers.
Only 4,038 total examples were produced, with approximately 550, 1,900, and 1,600 built during 2004, 2005, and 2006, respectively. Demand outstripped supply, with early cars selling for substantial premiums over the MSRP. No doubt to the delight of Henry Ford II, Enzo Ferrari’s arch-rival during the 1960s, the Ford GT remains more than capable of running with its competition from Maranello.