We're talking the full lineage here.
It's one thing to own a second or third-generation Ford GT, but to own the full lineage is something else entirely. It requires a true devotion to the brand and the model's history, not to mention a sizeable bank account. For anyone with that kind of dough, there's a huge opportunity coming up next month to own all three generations of Ford's supercar. RM Sotheby's has announced the "full Ford GT lineage" event taking place next month at Monterey Car Week 2019. Leading the pack is a 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype, chassis no. GT/108. It was the eighth of twelve prototypes made and the first of just five roadsters.
In fact, this car is the only one to have survived in its original form. And then there's this: it was driven by none other than Carroll Shelby, Ken Miles, and Jim Clark. Wow, just wow. Pre-auction estimates indicate it'll fetch between $7 million to $9 million.
Next up is a pair of 2005 Ford GTs, one of which is painted in Centennial White with blue stripes. It has only 1,300 miles on its odometer. The second is Midnight Blue and – get this – has fewer than 100 miles. They are expected to bring in at least $300,000 each, and we wouldn't be surprised to see the prices go much, much higher.
Then there's a 2017 Ford GT that's actually quite special in its own right. It's the only one painted in Beryllium Orange. Highly optioned, it also has carbon fiber wheels. There are less than 400 miles on it. The auction house estimates it's worth between $1.2 million to $1.5 million. We can't help but wonder whether Ford will take issue with the latter auction. Remember that whole John Cena debacle? Does this GT's seller have Ford's permission to sell despite (probably) signing a contract pledging not to for a certain period of time?
"It's hugely significant for us to offer this group of cars all together in Monterey," said Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby's. "We've had the honor of presenting incredible Fords and Shelbys at the auction in past years, including the very first Cobra and the Le Mans GT40 just last year, and now we can tell the full story of Ford's legendary racing history with this group. All three models are desirable to today's American or motorsport collectors, and they will complement each other come sale day."
It'll be interesting to see whether or not one person buys all three (or four). Photos courtesy of RM Auctions