It goes to a good cause, plus you don’t have to go through Ford’s rigorous application process.
Trying to secure an order for the all-new Ford GT is no easy feat. You need to go through Ford’s exhaustive application process to even be considered eligible to own one. All 500 build slots for the first batch have already been allocated, and Ford has yet to announce when it will be opening applications for the second batch. You’re unlikely to find any used examples either, as owners are required to keep the car for at least two years and not flip it for a profit – isn’t that right, John Cenna?
Thankfully, there’s now a potentially easier way to get behind the wheel of the new Ford GT, as a 2017 example is heading to auction this month at Barret-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale event. It isn’t the only all-American supercar going under the hammer at the event, either – the same auction will also be selling the first 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. Unlike the Corvette, this 2017 Ford GT isn’t the first example that rolled off the production line, though it is the first one to be donated for a charity auction. It’s one of the earliest examples and belongs to renowned Arizona car collector Ron Pratte, who donated the GT to the Everham Family's Racing for a Reason Foundation.
All proceeds will benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina. Pratte’s GT is an exceptionally exquisite example, finished in the supercar's signature Liquid Blue with white racing stripes. Production of the new Ford GT is limited to 250 units per year, and every example of the American supercar packs a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission delivering 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. As if owning one of the finest American supercars ever made and donating to a good cause weren't enough incentives, the winning bidder will also learn how to push the GT to its limit at the Ford Performance Racing School in Tooele, Utah.