2006 Ford GT ‘Heritage Edition’ Heralds Back to the Glory Days
I remember February 1st, 2004, like it was yesterday. The greatest quarterback of all time leads his team to their second Super Bowl victory in three years, a member of the Jackson family experiences a "wardrobe malfunction," and Ford declares the new GT the "pace car for an entire company" in its big game ad. Just don't ask me to put those things in order according to how much I enjoyed them. As exciting as that commercial was, the real thing is much more beautiful to behold, especially when it's wearing the 'Heritage Livery Paint Package' pictured here. The package brought the famous style of the JW Automotive/Gulf Oil livery from the legendary LeMans winning GT-40 to Ford's 21st century supercar and added only $13,000 to the $149,995 MSRP. RELATED: See More of the 2006 Ford GT Heritage Limited Edition
Only 4,038 GTs were produced during Ford's three year manufacturing run, and it's well known how much demand exceeded supply during that time. Available solely during the final year of production, and installed on just 343 examples, the Heritage Package made a rare car even rarer, even though it was limited to enhancing the appearance.
This particular example is one of 20 GTs optioned with the very appropriately styled standard cast aluminum BBS wheels, and it features the thunderous optional McIntosh stereo system as well.
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Performance figures for this example are the same as those of any other GT, which is to say that they're damn impressive, even by todays insane standards. The mid-rear mounted 5.4-liter supercharged V8 produces 550 horsepower, 500 lb-ft of torque, and could move the 3,485 pound car from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, but more importantly 0-100 mph in 8.0 seconds.
This put it in the league of car more expensive cars like the Ferrari 360 Modena, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and Porsche Carrera GT. Of those three, the GT has arguably aged the best, and certainly remained equally as desirable.
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Delivered new in Las Vegas before making its way to the East Coast with the current owner, this example is in excellent condition, and has just 9,700 miles on it. There are certainly lower mile examples out there, but less than a thousand miles a year since new is hardly anything to be concerned about.
These cars were meant to be driven, and while I'm not advocating for putting tons of miles on a rare gem like this, I'm happy that it wasn't some garage queen that barely made it to break in mileage. A car with some miles on it is a car with stories, and cars with stories are far more interesting. I look forward to seeing if people agree with me when it goes to auction at RM Sotheby's in Plymouth, Michigan, on July 30th.
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