Presented by Mecum Auctions – First offered publicly as a 2017 model, Ford’s stunning new GT came to market with a brilliant competition legacy earned at the 2016 edition of the world-renowned 24 Hours of Le Mans. A special Heritage Edition GT was soon offered, designed as a fitting tribute to the legendary P/1046 GT40 that Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon drove to victory at the 1966 24 Hours of LeMans in the dominating Ford 1-2-3 photo finish there.
Based on a competition-worthy carbon fiber monocoque structure with integrated steel roll cage and aluminum sub structure, the GT delivers awesome, supercar-level performance with its twin-turbocharged and intercooled 3.5L/647 HP DOHC 24-valve EcoBoost engine yielding an immense performance envelope including a 216 MPH top end and acceleration from rest to 60 MPH in just 2.8 seconds. An amazing technological tour de force, the GT delivers its power via a 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters and rear transaxle. Active aerodynamics with a deployable rear wing and air brake work to harness the GT’s massive forward urge in concert with Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes featuring polished calipers. Next-level braking and handling include a four-sensor and four-channel anti-lock braking system plus Ford’s AdvanceTrac electronic stability control.
This stunning Heritage Edition GT is finished in Shadow Black with painted silver stripes, protected by a full-body clear bra. Inside, the GT’s carbon fiber seats are wrapped in stunning ebony leather with blue accent stitching. Gold shift paddles add a fabulous accent, and the F1-styled steering wheel features functional controls while a tilt/telescopic steering column enhances driver comfort and control. Electronics include a 10.1-inch digital instrument cluster and a 6.5-inch touch-screen display with navigation, Bluetooth and Sync 3 infotainment system. Other cutting-edge features include competition-style six-point seatbelts and LED headlamps. Desirable additional features specific to this 2017 Ford GT Heritage Edition include an optional titanium exhaust system and the exterior matte carbon fiber package. Rolling on a set of 20-inch forged aluminum wheels finished in a Gold Satin clear-coat finish with black lug nuts. Offered with only 200 miles at the time of writing, this high-specification GT is virtually as new and immensely collectible.
This 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition will be auctioned off during Mecum Auctions’ Monterey 2021 event, which runs August 12 to 14.