Little introduction needs to be made for the Ford GT40s of the 60s or their spiritual cousin, the 2005-06 Ford GT. The former were world-dominating race cars and the later reestablished Ford’s reputation as dynamic, performance-oriented manufacturer. In both cases, the cars were built in limited numbers and sold to select customers. This car, in fact, was first sold to a member of Ford’s board of directors and is serial number 2. Serial number 1, it is believed, never the left the ownership of the Ford Motor Company.
As the second car produced and one destined for a Ford Family VIP, this GT possesses a few special features beyond its place in the production order. Like a 2004 build date, BBS wheels and black paint, the later of which was not available to regular customers until much later in the production run.
Once delivered to its first owner, Mr. Michael Dingman, this GT joined a large collection of carefully maintained collector vehicles and appears to retain as-new condition in nearly every regard. The paint, bodywork, interior surfaces and engine compartment, in fact, are perfect and ready for continued careful ownership. That, or 3.2 second runs to 60mph to the sound of a 550hp, supercharged 5.4 liter V8.
Though many “instant classics” lose interest and value quickly, the Ford GT’s low production numbers, high praise and pedigreed blood lines have resulted in a car more cherished today than in the years it was first produced. We love the idea of a usable, blue-oval supercar and wouldn’t hesitate to bid on this car when it crosses the block this weekend at RM’s Dingman Collection Auction just outside Boston, Massachusetts.