The retro-themed supercar was the top charity lot at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction.
Even at nearly half a million dollars, the Ford GT is likely underpriced compared to some of the seven-figure hypercars out there. But one generous and evidently eager customer bridged that gap in Arizona this weekend.
Just hours after auctioning off the first new Shelby GT500 Mustang, and selling the first Toyota Supra for over $2 million, Barrett-Jackson sold the first 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition – complete with Gulf racing livery – for a massive $2.5 million. That was the most anyone spent on any of the charity vehicles that crossed the block, contributing to the $9.6 million raised for various causes.
Like any other example of the Blue Oval's latest supercar, this Ford GT packs a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 in the middle of a carbon monocoque chassis, dispatching 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
What sets the Heritage Edition apart is its Le Mans-inspired livery, classically rendered in baby blue and orange with a modern interpretation of the number 9 worn by the similarly Gulf-liveried GT40 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1968. Proceeds from the sale benefit the United Way of Southeastern Michigan.
"The chance to become the owner of the first 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition with famous Gulf racing colors is an opportunity of a lifetime," said Ford's global-operations president Joe Hinrichs, who drove the vehicle onto the stage with the charity's chief executive Dr. Darienne Driver.
Along with the retro-edition supercar, Barret-Jackson sold a new Mustang Cobra Jet for $200k, a custom '81 Jeep CJ7 for $1.3 million, and a smattering of other vehicles in the six-figure range – all benefitting various charitable organizations.