Ford GT Prototype Roadster, One-Of-Two Left, Still Up for Grabs
$10 million wasn’t enough to convince the owner of this super special Ford GT prototype to part ways with it.
Few cars in history carry more prominence than the Ford GT. This was a car specifically built to win Le Mans, end Ferrari’s dominance, and thrust Ford into the performance limelight. And then, it went out and accomplished all of those goals without even breaking a sweat. Today, any original Ford GT (road car or racer) is worth a ton of coin as a result. But the one you see before you, the sole open-cockpit GT to ever compete at Le Mans, is something extra special.
We can’t even imagine what a car like this might be worth. And clearly, no one else can, either. One of only five roadsters built (and two still around today), this amazing piece of history failed to sell at Mecum’s Kissimee auction. This, despite a pretty stout high bid of $10 million.
But no matter how many millions this Ford GT eventually commands, we’d say it’s totally worth it. This particular car was the predecessor to Ford’s Le Mans dominance, having competed in the 1965 running of the French classic. It’s also a Pebble Beach winner and the recipient of a meticulous three-year restoration.
Ford Advanced Vehicles (FAV) in Slough, England built a grand total of 12 GT prototypes. Only seven of them made it to Le Mans, and a mere four have survived since then. After its endurance race go-round, this particular car was used as a development vehicle to help further Ford’s GT motorsports efforts.
The Roadster has led a charmed life ever since. It was originally restored by Shelby American before landing in the possession of Hollywood stuntman and car customizer Dean Jeffries. The car has lived under the ownership of only two additional private owners since. But we’re betting that it’ll soon find a fourth – no matter how many millions of dollars it takes!