RM Sothebys Offers All-Options 2006 Ford GT with 11.7 Miles in Online-Only Auction
Beginning over the Fourth of July holiday, RM Sotheby’s online auction service will offer a time capsule 2006 Ford GT with only 11.7 miles on its odometer. To lend perspective to the car, and explain why Ford GTs never sell for less than their original price, and in most cases sell for double or more, I spoke to the men who created the Ford GT.
“Our team designed and built a great supercar. There were no short cuts. Just great people with automotive passion doing what they do best,” says John Coletti, who led Ford Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE). After the GT90 concept car with its outlandish styling and Bugatti EB110-inspired 4-turbo engine was deemed a little far-fetched as a production vehicle, Ford upper management gave Coletti the green light to define a road-going supercar that captured the essence of the Ford GT40. The men and women who created the GT had honed their skills and sense of teamwork producing performance derivatives like the stellar F-150 Lightning pickup (a vehicle that should be a collector piece) and the batch-built Mustang Cobra R homologation race cars, which are becoming increasingly collectible. In only 26 months from program approval to first customer delivery, Ford Special Vehicle Engineering created the Ford GT, a benchmark supercar that outperformed the mid-engine V8 Ferrari of the day.