First new Ford GT Heritage Edition joins charity auction

The first Gulf liveried car from the latest limited run version of the famous American supercar is being auctioned for charity by Barrett-Jackson

Announce this summer, Ford and Gulf have reunited to create a few more Ford GT cars, under the ‘Heritage Edition’ banner. They started accepting applications for the car shortly afterwards, and the very first of these cars, finished in the iconic blue and orange colour scheme, will be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson at its Scottsdale auction on January 19, 2019.

The Heritage Blue with Heritage Orange paint scheme honours the original Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 – chassis #1075 – that won back-to-back Le Mans 24-hours events in 1968 and ‘69.

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‘Many say the Gulf Oil paint scheme is the most famous in motorsport, propelled by the 1968 GT40 that quickly became a global sensation after Ford beat its European competitors not three, but four times in a row,’ said Joe Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president and president, global operations. ‘We set out to accentuate the new Ford GT’s race-inspired aerodynamic lines with the Gulf colours, while staying true to the original GT40 Le Mans winner.’

The VIN number of this car will be the first, and will be adorned with a racing number on the good and doors, forged 20” aluminium wheels with the fluorescent orange Brembo brake calipers, and a black Alcantara interior with blue and orange stitching.

What makes purchasing this car, an auction item with no fixed buying price, so great is that proceeds from the auction will be sent to the United Way of Southeastern Michigan, which aims to make as many people, especially the young and disadvantaged, as prosperous as possible.

Buying a normal Ford GT will put you back nearly half a million dollars, and this limited run, first in line car will likely go for more than double that. John Cena’s controversial model sold for $1.4 million, so it’s not unfeasible to predict a number with six zeroes at the end of it. Barrett-Jackson’s sale also includes three 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition cars, in Gulf colours.

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