A Rare Ford GT Heritage Edition Is Going Up For Auction

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This could be your last chance to own a V8-powered Ford GT.

With deliveries now underway, the redesigned 2017 Ford GT is one of the most talked-about supercars right now. It marks a new era for Ford, yet some still prefer the previous GT. The reason? It was essentially a spiritual successor to the GT40 that you could actually fit in; a homage to the car that raced Ford to victory in Le Mans during its famous feud with Ferrari in the 1960s. Taking this further, Ford built a limited run of Heritage Edition GTs in 2006.

It was a tribute to the Gulf Oil-liveried Ford Mk1 GT40 that achieved four consecutive wins during Le Mans - a practice Ford is repeating with the second-gen GT. Only 345 models of the original Heritage Edition GT were built which makes it extremely sought after. One is going up for sale at Mecum's auction in Florida next month, so this could be a rare opportunity to own a V8-powered GT – the new GT will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 generating over 600 horsepower. The GT Heritage Edition is already regarded as a rare car, but what makes this particular example special is that it's one of 20 that were built with cast aluminium wheels.

Considering it's 10 years old, it's in excellent condition too, with only one previous owner and 1,828 miles on the clock. Clearly, this was someone's prized possession. In terms of spec, the GT Heritage Edition has 5.4-liter, 554 horsepower V8 engine that will get from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 205 mph. Its rarity is certainly reflected in the estimated value, however – Mecum is expecting the Heritage GT to sell for around $375,000 - $450,000.

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