The red-painted supercar has a mere 3,096 miles on the clock.
A mainstream manufacturer it may be, but Ford's history is littered with performance icons. Many may think of the Mustang as the consummate Blue Oval performance car, but fans of the brand will be quick to point out the existence of the GT. The latest model, dramatic and astonishing it may be, failed to excite fans as much as the original rehashing of the iconic GT40 racer.
First seen in 2004, the working-class hero took the fight to Ferrari, much as it did in the '60s, challenging the established supercar makers with a 5.4-liter supercharged V8. While exotic rivals were experimenting with dual-clutch gearboxes, Ford decided to lend the GT plenty of driver appeal. As such, the 550-horsepower engine sent its ferocious power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.
With approximately 4,038 examples ever made, the GT is every bit as desirable today as it was back then. So, when one comes up for auction, car collectors across the world sit up and pay attention.
This particular example has an extra layer of richness to its history. Owned from new by singer Kid Rock, this Mark IV Red example, replete with white stripes, has covered a mere 3,096 miles over its 17-year lifespan. While nowhere near as low as this Porsche Carrera GT of a similar vintage, this isn't the first time we've spotted a celebrity supercar with incredibly low mileage. Previously, Post Malone's Bugatti Chiron sold with just 583 miles on the clock.
Aside from the highly desirable color combo, this retro-styled automotive seductress comes with several cherished options, including the forged aluminum BBS wheels, red-painted brake calipers, and an upgraded sound system, with a subwoofer. Inside, the GT presents as new. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to tell that this isn't a recent design. The dashboard and cabin embellishments have aged very well, the age betrayed only by the outdated McIntosh CD player and minimal wear on the steering wheel badge.
Offered by RM Sotheby's, the GT is estimated to fetch between $500,000 - $575,000 when it rolls onto the lot on March 26 later this month at its Fort Lauderdale auction. With a top speed of 205 mph and a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.3 seconds, it's still a seriously quick car. The highest bidder will be pleased to know the supercar has benefitted from extensive upkeep over the years, as evidenced by the original booklets.
Fans of the artist will get a kick out of the deal sweetener; a special guitar signed by Kid Rock himself. Additionally, a poster signed by the designer, Camilo Pardo, is included. It reads, "To my buddy Kid Rock 'One for the road.'" While it may not matter to many, car collectors will pay a pretty penny for that extra bit of history. Half a million dollars is a lot of money, but when you consider the rarity, legacy, and history, we won't be surprised if this GT shatters the expected sale price.